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.
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.
“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:
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 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.
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:
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.