Frequently Asked Questions on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
If you’re the victim of sexual harassment at work, there are probably a hundred questions around troubling you. Mr. Nosrati and his team of experienced associates are here to answer these questions and resolve any concerns you may have in terms of the law in California, your rights as a worker, and the state of your future. Use this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page as a jumping off point for your sexual harassment claim, and confide in our Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers during a free consult for more in-depth information. Our consultations are always completely confidential.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
- Sexual harassment refers to any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, threats relating to sexual favors, verbal harassment of a sexual nature, physical harassment, and non-sexual conduct relating to an employee’s sex. The law in California does not prohibit trivial annoyances, teasing, offhand comments, or non-serious isolated incidents. It does, however, make it unlawful to harass someone so frequently or severely that it creates an offensive or hostile work environment, or that it results in adverse employment actions against the victim.
Does Sexual Harassment Have to Be Sexual in Nature?
- No. Sexual harassment can refer to any offensive remarks, jokes, or conduct regarding an employee’s sex. For example, a coworker constantly making jokes about women workers can qualify as sexual harassment if it creates a hostile work environment for female employees. Any offensive comments or actions about someone’s sex can be harassment.
Do the Victim and Perpetrator Have to Be Opposite Sexes?
- No. Although the majority of sexual harassment claims stem from employer-employee relationships of the opposite sex, there are cases in which both parties are the same sex. The sexes of the perpetrator and the victim do not matter in your claim. What matters is the conduct of the perpetrator and the consequences for you as the victim.
Can My Employer Fire Me If I Complain About Sexual Harassment?
- Legally, no. It is against the law to terminate an employee for making a complaint about harassment or discrimination in the workplace, as well as to report safety code violations or other broken laws. If you lost your job shortly after complaining about sexual harassment at work, you might be the victim of wrongful termination. The same is true if you suffered any adverse employment action, including a demotion or pay cut.
Do I Need to Retain an Attorney?
- If you have any doubts about your rights as an employee, questions about what to do, or concerns about how to get your job back or recover damages after sexual harassment, contacting a knowledgeable employment attorney can help.
Feel free to request a free consultation with The Law Office of Omid Nosrati if you want to speak with an employment lawyer in Los Angeles at no cost or obligation about your potential claim. We represent clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.