Sexual harassment is a form of gender based discrimination, actions taken against a person based upon their gender. California employers of one or more employees are required to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment from occurring in the workplace. Sexual harassment typically falls into two categories, “quid pro quo” which makes a condition of job continuance, benefits, promotions, etc. on receipt of sexual favors; and “hostile environment” where the unwelcome sexual comments, touching, and or visual displays of a supervisor or coworker create an environment poisoned by the harassment. Employers are required to have a policy and to post and distribute information relating to the illegality of sexual harassment.
Being sexually harassed at work places a woman in one of the worst imaginable situations. She is often times forced to choose between being sexually abused and assaulted by an employer, supervisor or co-worker, or providing for her family, paying her rent or mortgage or providing for her children. We understand how devastating sexual harassment can be and do all we can to obtain the best possible results for our clients.
Our firm also provides counsel and advice to employers with regard to the development and implementation of sexual harassment policies, training, and investigation of sexual harassment allegations. If allegations are substantiated, we offer counseling as to appropriate remedial actions to take so as to ensure a workplace free of sexual harassment. All of these things are done with the goal of avoiding having a claim filed. However, should an employee file a claim or lawsuit regarding sexual harassment, our firm will represent the employer through the administrative and judicial process.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex-discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature…when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions…or such conduct has the purpose or effect of… creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.”
If you have been harassed while on the job, sexually or otherwise, contact an experienced sexual harassment attorney in Sacramento at the Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC to schedule your Free Initial Consultation today.