There is a misconception that incidents of sexual harassment are infrequent and continue to decrease as the workplace becomes more educated on proper behaviors.
Workplace politics, hostile work environments, personal problems and blurred professional boundaries can all contribute to incidences of harassment. Sexual harassment can occur for many reasons, but no reason is acceptable for someone to lose his or her right to safety and security from unwanted harassment.
No occupation is immune from sexual harassment, and while the majority of complaints come from women, a number of complaints are filed by men.
If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment in your workplace, there’s a good chance that you’ve already suffered severe emotional distress. Sexual harassment in the workplace may include all types of unwanted sexual advances, or it may be visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature:
Despite the already high number of formal harassment complaints that are filed annually, it has been estimated that only 5 to 15 percent of women who are harassed in the workplace formally report it. The reluctance to report harassment can occur for several reasons, including fear of job loss or harm to one’s career, fear of not being taken seriously, the belief that nothing can or will be done about it, or the embarrassment of being harassed in the first place.
Men are even less likely to report harassment, possibly because of the negative stereotypes regarding masculinity and sexual orientation that may arise.
From a legal standpoint, reporting harassment is very important. Some victims wait for weeks, months or years before reporting harassment, and find their claims have fallen on deaf ears. By reporting harassment immediately to your employer, to an employment agency or to a neutral party, such as an attorney, you can protect your rights and ensure that your case will be taken seriously.
The lawyers at JML Law are experienced in helping victims of sexual harassment in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco and throughout California obtain justice and maximum compensation for the harm they have suffered. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, contact the attorneys at JML Law and schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
Our attorneys handle sexual harassment cases on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t obtain a favorable settlement or verdict in your case, we don’t get paid.
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