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.
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.
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.
In general, there are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. A quid pro quo (this for that) case involves an employer or authority figure offering something in exchange for sexual favors. For example, a supervisor might promise a promotion to an employee in exchange for a date. Quid pro quo harassment can also take the form of a threat; the employer won’t do something bad, such as demote the employee, if the employee performs a sexual favor.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment can describe a wide range of inappropriate behaviors and conduct in the workplace. Anything that creates a work environment that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or hostile will qualify as sexual harassment. This typically does not apply to trivial issues or isolated incidents, unless the incident is severe. In most cases, the conduct in question must be persistent or a condition of employment to create a hostile work environment.