The image of sexual harassment which is commonly portrayed in movies and novels is just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately for numerous employees across Woodland Hills and surrounding areas. The obvious type of harassment, involving unwanted sexual advances and even sexual assault does feature all too often but is far from being the only way in which this behavior tends to manifest itself. As with various other forms of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, sexual harassment continues to pose a significant problem, despite increased awareness of how damaging it can be, and legislation that was put in place to protect workers from just that.
Perhaps you have been subjected to unwanted sexual advances from a co-worker, offered a pay increase or other benefits in return for performing sexual favors for a manager or supervisor, or forced to work in an environment littered with sexual images and remarks. If sexual behavior, comments, or content in your workplace is making you feel uncomfortable, targeted, or threatened, you should speak to a Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorney immediately to find out how we could help you.
Ask Your Woodland Hills Attorney: Common Forms of Sexual Harassment
It is not uncommon for victims of sexual harassment to have doubts that they have actually been subjected to unlawful behavior. Perhaps due to pressures from society to view sexual advances as positives, or maybe because of fear of reprisals in the workplace, many victims do not ever report their experiences, never mind bringing a lawsuit. Not only does this leave you open to further sexual harassment, but it also enables the perpetrator to continue treating others in a similar manner.
When you need legal assistance in a sexual harassment-related manner, you can be confident that a Woodland Hills attorney from JML Law will treat you, and your case, with the respect and compassion you deserve.
Some of the sexual harassment cases we have successfully handled to date have involved the following behaviors, although you should be aware that this is by no means an exhaustive list:
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Lewd or obscene gestures or remarks
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Promotions and pay increases offered in return for sexual favors
- Sexual assault
- Managers or supervisors contacting an employee outside of working hours
- Sharing or displaying suggestive content, including posters and emails, in the workplace
- Firing, demoting, or otherwise retaliating against an employee who has reported sexual harassment, or other unwelcome sexual behavior
- Unwelcome sexual jokes
- Threats or intimidation
- Sexual notes, letters, or sexting
- Hostile work environment
- Harassment based on gender, pregnancy, or similar factors
How Our Woodland Hills Sexual Harassment Attorneys Can Help
You will likely have a lot of questions if exposed to sexual harassment on the job. The Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorneys at JML Law can provide answers to the following questions:
- How should I respond to the person who harassed me?
- Was what I experienced even considered sexual harassment based on the law?
- Is it in my best interest to report the harassment?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent retaliation against me by my employer if I report the harassment?
- Is there anything I can do to protect myself from future sexual harassment incidents at work or school?
Only an experienced sexual harassment lawyer can answer these questions honestly and thoroughly. Contact JML Law today to discuss your case and learn about your legal options. We will also help you with the following:
- Teach you how to document incidents of sexual harassment and the discussions you have with your employer about them
- Prepare you to deal with the person harassing you if it happens again
- Explaining how you can handle future incidents, including how to report them
- Monitor the response by your employer in order to be on the lookout for possible retaliation against you for making any reports
How Does Retaliation Happen?
Retaliation against an employee by an employer for filing a complaint is prohibited by law. However, it still happens in the workplace today. Retaliation can take many forms, including the following:
- Having your salary or benefits reduced
- Not receiving any training opportunities anymore
- Being written up
- Being terminated from your job
- Being denied promotions
- Being kept out of meetings you would usually attend
- Removing you from any projects you’ve been assigned or not assigning you to new ones
- Exclude you from work-related social events
It is in your best interest to discuss any forms of retaliation by your employer with a Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorney at JML Law immediately. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the sooner you can hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Your Legal Options
When the time comes to take legal action against the perpetrator of sexual harassment or your employer, a Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorney at JML Law will advise you of your options. Victims of sexual harassment at work can take the following actions:
- File a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- File a charge of discrimination with the anti-discrimination agency in California
- File a lawsuit against your employer if you are not pleased with their response to the complaint and how it was handled internally
If you have been exposed to sexual harassment in the workplace, call JML Law today to speak with an experienced Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorney.
Discuss Your Case with a Woodland Hills Sexual Harassment Attorney Today
At JML Law, we understand just how damaging sexual harassment in the workplace can be. Rather than attempting to brush it under the carpet and hope it goes away, speak to our Woodland Hills sexual harassment attorneys to learn more about how we could help you, and prevent any future instances.
Schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today at 818-610-8800.
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