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Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Sexual harassment is unlawful conduct that no employee should have to endure in the workplace. Sexual harassment can make any person’s life intolerable and includes unwelcome advances, requests for sexual favors and a wide range of other verbal or physical conduct.  If you have been harmed by sexual harassment in the workplace, contact The Law Office of Omid Nosrati for assistance. Our experienced employment lawyers can help you fight against employers, coworkers, and others who engage in sexual harassment and take back your future.

Why Do I Need a Sexual Harassment Lawyer

If you believe you have suffered sexual harassment, you can document the incidents and notify your employer or human resources. Many employers have a complaint procedure that you should follow. . In addition, speaking with an experienced attorney as soon as possible can be helpful in protecting your rights.  Sexual harassment claims can be extremely complex and time sensitive. Having an experienced employment attorney by your side can help.

The Law Offices of Omid Nosrati can help inform you of your legal options and help you choose the best course of action for your situation. Attorney Omid Nosrati combines powerful advocacy with his own focused knowledge of employment law gained over the course of more than 15 years of legal practice.

Sexual Harassment Claims Quick Answers:

    Workplace Protections Against Sexual Harassment

    There are a number of state and federal laws banning sexual harassment in the workplace. The two main sources of California’s laws are the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. FEHA expressly forbids sexual harassment at work, while Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex (including pregnancy), gender, or other protected classes. Breaking any of these laws could result in employer liability for sexual harassment.

    What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like?

    Sexual harassment can take on many forms. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment is an illegal form of discrimination with serious consequences. It may take the form of requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and verbal or physical actions that affects a person’s ability to work. Sexual harassment interferes with a person’s work performance and creates a hostile work environment.

    What is Quid Pro Quo Harassment?

    “quid pro quo” harassment occurs when an employer’s decisions regarding the status of an employee depend on his or her willingness to deal with sexual harassment. This may affect promotions, work assignments, or even the ability to keep your job. Federal law considers unwelcome sexual advances or other sexual conduct quid pro quo harassment when:

    • An employer maintains, whether implicitly or explicitly, that a condition of employment relies on dealing with the sexual conduct
    • Rejection of sexual harassment is a basis for making decisions regarding employment status.

    What is a Hostile Work Environment?

    A hostile work environment claim is a broader category that applies when unwelcome sexual conduct makes your workplace offensive or intimidating. The courts may rule that requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes harassment when:

    • The conduct interferes with an employee’s ability to do his or her job
    • The actions of another create an atmosphere of intimidation or hostility in the workplace

    The courts may determine if conduct was hostile based on the frequency and duration of the harassment, as well as whether a supervisor or co-worker conducted it.

    How Long Do I Have to Report Sexual Harassment?

    • It can be difficult to speak up about sexual harassment. Some victims come forward months or years after the incident, or never come forward at all. We encourage all sexual harassment victims and witnesses to workplace harassment to confide in our attorneys about this issue, so we can take immediate action to remedy the situation. You typically have one year to file a state claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and 300 days to file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). However, certain exceptions can apply, especially if you are a federal employee or an employee of another government entity. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss the applicable statute of limitations.

    Examples of Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment can vary widely depending on the situation and nature of the occurrence. It may take the form of threats, be verbal in nature, or be physical or environmental. Here are some examples:

    • Threatening

      • Sexual threatening most often occurs when an employer threatens termination or a negative change in job status unless an employee agrees to submit to sexual harassment. Often, subjecting to sexual harassment is a condition of employment. This is a “quid pro quo” type of sexual harassment that can contribute to a hostile work environment.
    • Physical Sexual Harassment

      • Physical acts, such as unwanted sexual advances or assault, are serious forms of sexual harassment that contribute to an unsafe or hostile work environment. Examples may include unwanted touching, hugging, kissing, or fondling oneself in front of others.
    • Verbal Sexual Harassment

      • Comments on an employee’s physical attributes or telling sexually inappropriate jokes may be a form of verbal sexual harassment. Spreading rumors about other employee’s sexual activity or performance also constitutes verbal sexual harassment.
    • Non-Verbal Sexual Harassment

      • Unwanted personal attention such as pressure for personal interaction, touching oneself inappropriately, or letters can elevate to sexual harassment when they lead to a hostile or intimidating work environment.
    • Environmental Sexual Harassment

      • Environmental sexual harassment refers to actions and advances, whether of a verbal or non-verbal nature, that contributes to an environment of hostility that affects work performance. Environmental sexual harassment is a systemic breakdown of workplace conduct that makes work difficult or impossible to a victim.

    How to Get Help

    Sexual harassment is a violation of federal civil law. A civil rights attorney can help you identify the presence of sexual harassment and file a claim with the EEOC before filing any additional charges against your employer. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation and to discuss your legal options today.

    If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in Los Angeles,  schedule a free consultation with one of our employment attorneys in Los Angeles today.