Sacramento, CA Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyers
California has some of the strictest and most protective employment laws in the nation, which is good news for employees – employees who work in California, and in the Sacramento area in particular, have many rights and are entitled to be treated and paid fairly. Unfortunately, just because certain types of employee treatment are illegal doesn’t mean that instances don’t still occur. One of the most prevalent employment law violations is sexual harassment.
If you’re familiar with the #MeToo movement, this won’t come as a surprise, but if you have been personally victimized, you may be surprised by the anger and hurt caused by that injustice. The good news is that our Sacramento workplace sexual harassment lawyers are here to help! We will listen to your story, investigate your claims, and stand up for your rights and dignity; we may be able to recover significant compensation on your behalf. Call today to book your free, completely confidential, no-obligation consultation and learn more.
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What Is Workplace Sexual Harassment?
Many people don’t come forward about sexual harassment because they haven’t been trained to recognize it. They may not know that what is happening to them actually falls under this illegal category, or they may not know that they have rights under the law. They may be gaslighted into thinking that what is happening to them is not actually that bad or is common. Knowledge is power – every employee should know what workplace sexual harassment actually is and what forms it can take in order to fight it should it occur!
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) , workplace sexual harassment is defined most simply as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. These can be explicitly or implicity made a condition of an individual’s employment or employment advancement (also known as quid pro quo). These can interfere with an employee’s performance or create a hostile environment.
Note that the EEOC makes an important distinction between “unwelcome” and “involuntary” – you can consent to certain conduct even though it is offensive because you feel uncomfortable or don’t know what else to do, and you may still have a case for misconduct (it depends on the unique circumstances).
Scenarios that our experienced Sacramento workplace sexual harassment lawyers frequently deal with include:
- Pressure to give sexual favors
- Pressure to go on dates
- Deliberate touching, looks, or gestures
- Letters, telephone calls, pictures, materials
- Sexual teasing or jokes or remarks
- Sexual innuendos or labels or nicknames
- Whistling at someone
- Asking about sexual history or personal questions
- Actual or attempted rape or assault
- And more.
Why Is It Worth Fighting?
Being a victim of workplace sexual harassment is a terrible experience. When you’re at work, you deserve to feel safe, valued, and be able to focus on doing your job. If you’re not able to do that, you should advocate for yourself or rely on an attorney to advocate for you. It can take incredible courage to speak up, but being victimized sexually – even if was just verbally – can be traumatic. Your career and career advancement may be jeopardized, causing you to miss out not only on fulfilling your dreams but also seizing financial opportunities you otherwise would have had. You may require mental health counseling, which can be expensive. You may start to see yourself differently and experience a drop in self-esteem, or you may lose respect with other people at your workplace. None of this is right. You should be compensated for what you endured!
Why Choose Our Sacramento Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyers To Represent You?
Equal Justice Law Group’s Sacramento workplace sexual harassment lawyers will take action on your behalf. You can rely on us to hold your employer accountable! We’ll answer your questions and give you practical advice. To us, every client is a partner; we’ll communicate with you frequently in non-legal jargon and empower you to take a stand. Our firm has successfully resolved cases for over 7,000 clients over 21 years. We can help you find peace of mind! Call today for your free consultation.
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