Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Our empathetic attorneys at C&B Law Group are compassionate about defending the rights of employees who have been sexually harassed at work. It’s absolutely unacceptable for anybody to work in an unsafe, abusive, or derogatory workplace. We know that dealing with such harassment at work is indescribably belittling and can be nearly impossible to escape. We also know how challenging it may be to speak up about it.
Our goal is to help you hold the responsible party accountable by gathering evidence and building a strong case. We have the experience and tools necessary to get you the justice you deserve and help prevent future workers from becoming victimized as well.
How does the law define sexual harassment?
The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) outlines that sexual harassment is prohibited, and the law defines two kinds of sexual harassment:
- “Quid Pro Quo” – This refers to receiving concrete employment benefits in exchange for your submission to sexual conduct. In plain terms, receiving a job, promotion, or other work benefits in exchange for sexual acts would be considered quid pro quo sexual harassment.
- “Hostile Work Environment” – This kind of sexual harassment occurs when you are the victim of any unwanted sexual conduct or comments that interfere with your performance or are severe/pervasive enough to create an intimidating work atmosphere.
There are a number of behaviors that would be classified as sexual harassment, including but not limited to the below:
- Unwanted sexual advances or requests
- Unwanted sexual comments or jokes
- Unwanted sexual photos, emails, or text messages
- Physical touching or assault
- Gestures or leering
Statute of Limitations
We know that it can take some time to build the courage to speak up about sexual harassment, but it’s critical to know that there is a time limit for filing a sexual harassment claim in California. Previously, the time limit was one year. However, with the recent passing of Assembly Bill No. 9, the statute of limitations for filing a claim is now three years. Something to note is that the new statute of limitation only applies to cases in which the last incident of sexual harassment occurred on or after January 1, 2020. Different cases have certain exceptions, so we recommend reaching out to one of our Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys for a free consultation.
What are my legal options after being sexually harassed?
In terms of employment, California has some of the strictest laws in the nation, making it an employee-friendly state. There are a wide range of statutes in place to protect your rights.
If you’ve been sexually harassed, you should document the details of each occurrence including the date, time, name of the perpetrator, names of any witnesses, and exactly what happened. Your first source of defense should be to report incidents internally to human resources. If your human resources department neglects to resolve the situation, you can escalate externally to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your local EEOC field office.
On the state level, the California Civil Rights Department (CRD) is the agency that handles these claims. There may be some overlap between these agencies, and it’s often best to consult with our experienced Los Angeles harassment lawyers to fully understand what the best route is.
An attorney will help you hold your harasser accountable. In certain situations, employers can also be held responsible for the actions of their employees. If you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment at work, reach out to one of our attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll keep your identity and situation confidential, investigate the defendant, guide you through the best options, work hard to hold any perpetrators responsible, and diligently fight for your justice.
Contact a Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Our attorneys at C&B Law Group are here to help you seek out the compensation and justice that you deserve. We place an emphasis on protecting your confidential information, and prioritize getting you the justice that you deserve. Reach out to us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.