With sexual exploitation and victimization of females and males alike in the workplace being brought into focus in today’s society, one would think sexual harassment would be greatly declining. However, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, approximately one in five adults have reported that they have been sexually harassed while at work. Workplace sexual harassment is inappropriate and offensive, to say the least, and should absolutely not be tolerated. If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual harassment on the job, contact JML Law in San Francisco at 415-692-3462 now. Talk with our confidential attorneys today and be advised on what your rights are and what legal recourse options you have.
What Is Considered Sexual Harassment?
According to California state regulations, sexual harassment is “unwanted sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser.” Some of the prohibited behavior considered to be sexual harassment under California regulations are
- Visual conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters.
- Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, and jokes. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual.
- Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements.
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
- Making or threatening retaliatory action after receiving a negative response to sexual advances.
- 27 percent or more of women have faced sexual harassment in the workplace
- 19 percent of all American adults have faced sexual harassment
- 10 percent of men have faced sexual harassment
- 75 percent of harassment victims experienced some form of retaliation after it was reported
- Over 80 percent of employees who have experienced sexual harassment do not report it
What Should I Do?
Sexual harassment can cause significant emotional and physical effects on those victimized by it. Always keep records and any proof you may have of the harassment. Write down dates, times, what happened, and any witnesses. Report all incidents to your human resources or other appropriate departments as designated by the company you work for. Contact JML Law in San Francisco at 415-692-3462 to voice any possible concerns about being sexually harassed at work. Our attorneys have considerable experience in representing victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment should be investigated thoroughly and taken seriously by your employer(s).
Here at JML Law, we will ensure that your case is given the proper attention it deserves, ensure you are treated professionally, and that the guilty party will be held accountable for their actions. Let our distinguished attorneys represent your best interests and ensure you are being treated fairly and without retaliation of any kind. Contact JML Law today in San Francisco by calling 415-692-3462 or send us an email and tell us about your situation. If we can not attain a reasonable settlement or verdict, you owe nothing for our fees.
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