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Are you being sexually harassed at the workplace?

It is illegal for any employer, coworker, supervisor or other person to discriminate against or harass you because of your sex. This is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of a number of different factors, such as race, religion, etc. If you are being sexually harassed at your workplace, then you may have an employee claim. An Orange County employment attorney from Diefer Law Group, PC can help.

We can help you determine the following:

  • Whether the conduct you are experiencing qualifies as sexual harassment or discrimination
  • If the conduct is based on a person's sex, whether male or female
  • Mistreatment is for reasons related to their sex such as pregnancy or childbirth

Answers to Common Questions about Sexual Harassment

As Orange County employment lawyers, our goal is to educate the public about employee rights so that they know when they are being mistreated. Listed below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about sexual harassment and related claims. Speak with our Orange County employment lawyers regarding possible sexual harassment cases.

I work at a small company with only five employees. Can I still file a sexual harassment claim?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only applies to companies at which there are at least 15 employees. If you are the victim of workplace sexual harassment and you work at a company with fewer than 15 employees, you may still have some legal options under your employment contract or a municipal code.

Can men also file sexual harassment claims?
Absolutely. Although women are more commonly those who file these types of claims, sexual harassment victims can be both men and women according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Are sexual harassment claims only aimed at employers?
Although employers are frequently named in employee harassment claims, the main perpetrator does not have to be your employer. Employers can be named as co-Defendants or not at all. Coworkers, supervisors and even non-employees can be named as Defendants in workplace sexual harassment claims.

Can I file a sexual harassment claim even if I'm not the direct victim of this misconduct?
You may be able to. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act provides that some individuals who are not the direct recipients of sexual harassment can file claims if they are affected by this offensive conduct/speech.

My coworker claims his crude sexual comments are mere "jokes" but I'm offended. Can I file a claim?
While offhand comments and one-time jokes are not usually cause for sexual harassment claims, any conduct that is severe enough to create a hostile work environment can solicit a claim.

Pregnancy Discrimination

According to Title VII, the terms "because of sex" or "on the basis of sex" include, but are not limited to, because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; and women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions shall be treated the same for all employment-­related purposes, including receipt of benefits under fringe benefit programs, as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work, and nothing in section 2000e-2(h) of this title [section 703(h)] shall be interpreted to permit otherwise.

This is a section of the Civil Rights Act known as The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was signed into law in 1978. The law prohibits discrimination against an employee because she is pregnant, and requires the employer to treat her maternity leave the same as any employer should treat a temporary disability. An employee cannot be fired for being pregnant nor for taking maternity leave, neither can an employer refuse to hire someone solely based on the fact that she is pregnant or plans to become pregnant.

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Our employment law firm serves the entire Orange County. If you live or work in the Orange County area and you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment or pregnancy discrimination, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to ensure that all employees are receiving the rights and the benefits that they deserve. For our excellence in representation, we have been included in the list of Super Lawyers® and rated "Superb" on Avvo.

For a free initial consultation about your sexual harassment case, contact Diefer Law Group, PC today!

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