San Fernando Valley Sexual Harassment Attorney

Sexual Harassment Is Not Acceptable

Employees have the right to feel safe, secure and free from harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a reality that many women and men have to face from co-workers, managers and supervisors, and others within their businesses and places of employment. Sexual harassment is harassment based on gender, gender orientation, gender identity, transgender status, and sex. The victims of sexual harassment and sex discrimination do have the right to pursue legal recourse against their employers and may obtain compensation as a result. These cases can result in substantial verdicts, with employees being able to recover for lost past and future wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, punitive and other damages. Our firm recently won a large settlement on behalf of a transgender female who was being harassed in the workplace.

At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, we have the knowledge, experience and best attorneys to represent the victims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Sexual harassment is never excusable or justified and harassers and their employers must be held accountable for those behaviors. Our expert lawyers are able to provide the protection necessary for our clients, many of whom feel a great deal of anxiety about the future of their employment and lost wages that are the result of their harassment.

Forms of Sexual Harassment

There are two main forms of sexual harassment in the workplace:

  • Quid Pro Quo:
    Quid pro quo is a Latin term meaning "something for something," and in the realm of sexual harassment, is the offer of a promotion or other benefits, or the threat of termination or other detriments, in exchange for sex or sexual favors. Typically, harassers in quid pro quo cases are in supervisory positions.
  • Hostile Work Environments:
    An employee who is subjected to severe and/or persistent sexual behavior in the workplace may bring a claim of sexual harassment due to a hostile work environment. This kind of behavior includes sexual or sexist comments, unwelcome touching, sexual jokes, propositions, lewd remarks or insults and more. If an employee believes and can reasonably show that the work environment is hostile or abusive, the employer may be held liable for violating sexual harassment laws.
  • Companies are strictly liable for supervisor harassment whether they know about it or not. The company may be held responsible for co-worker harassment if it can be proven that it knew or should have known about the harassment and/or failed to prevent it. Companies with over fifty employees have special training requirements for supervisors

It is important for an employee who believes that he or she is being sexually harassed to contact an experienced attorney right away. Reporting the harassment to a superior is always best when possible, but in some cases, the superior is the one responsible for the harassment and will obviously not be receptive to complaints. Our experienced lawyers are on the side of the victims of sexual harassment and will fight for you if you have been harassed at work.

Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC in Southern California

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at the workplace in Los Angeles or throughout the San Fernando Valley, you need to speak with an experienced employment law attorney. Contact us at The Rutten Law Firm, APC and learn about your rights under California employment law. Call us toll free at 888-708-8623.

Our firm offers free initial consultations and takes employment law cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing unless you win. We advance all costs.