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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Were you sexually harassed at work?

While many people may joke about being sexually harassed at work, it is an incredibly serious legal matter. If you were sexually harassed by a supervisor, coworker, client, or anyone else employed with your company, you may have the right to file a sexual harassment claim.

Sexual harassment comes in a variety of forms including:

  • Sexual comments
  • Pressure to perform sexual favors
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual jokes
  • Degrading comments, posters, etc. of women and / or men

Regardless of what type of sexual harassment you have experienced, you deserve an Orange County employment law attorney who can protect your rights in a court of law.

Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment

There are two kinds of sexual harassment according to the court system—quid pro quo and hostile work environment. If you are denied any type of benefits at work, such as a raise or advancement, because you denied a co-worker or boss's sexual advances, you may qualify as a victim of quid pro quo. In the event your work environment is negatively affected due to the sexually-based conduct around you, you may be a victim of a hostile work environment.

It is imperative you do the following if you are sexually harassed at work:

  • Document everything—from physical occurrences to emails
  • Tell the harasser their behavior is unwanted, or write a letter to the harasser informing them you want said harassment to stop (again, keep copies of any letters or write down the dates of any conversations)
  • Speak with a supervisor and / or HR representative about the harassment
  • Obtain a copy of your work's sexual harassment policy and follow its complaint process
  • File a claim with the DFEH or EEOC

Obtain the Legal Assistance You Deserve

No one deserves to be sexually harassed in the workplace. If you are being sexually harassed by anyone at your company, please contact Diefer Law Group, PC. We have extensive experience in the field of employment law and can ensure your rights are protected. Our team has more than 35 years of combined experience and used to be former employment defense lawyers, so we have a unique insight into how sexual harassment cases work. Please schedule a free initial consultation with our Orange County employment lawyers today.