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Unwanted sexual advances in the workplace can leave a victim with a range of emotions and feelings from anger, humiliation or even shame. California Law provides strong protections for employees. It’s best to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible as filing deadlines can apply.
What is considered Sexual Harassment in California?
California regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Gender-based harassment of a person of the opposite or same sex as the harasser is included in California law. Prohibited behavior includes the following conduct and more:
- Visual conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters.
- Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs and jokes. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual.
- Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements.
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
- Making or threatening retaliatory action after receiving a negative response to sexual advances.
Learn more about Sexual harassment FAQs for California on CA.gov
What is “Quid pro quo” Sexual Harassment or Discrimination?
Quid pro quo” is Latin for “this for that” or “something for something”. Quid pro quo sexual harassment can be defined as someone in the workplace in a position of power conditioning a job, promotion or other work benefit on your acceptance of sexual advances or other conduct based on sex. “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is unlawful in the State of California whether or not it is related to a “hostile work environment”.
What is “Hostile work environment” sexual harassment?
A hostile work environment is an abusive workplace where conduct by a fellow employee or employees is so severe and pervasive that it interferes with your ability to function effectively in your job.
Employers’ Responsibility to Prevent Sexual Harassment
California employers with 50 or more employees must train all supervisors, or anyone with the authority to hire, fire, assign, transfer, discipline, or reward other employees in the types of conduct that be considered sexual harassment along with practical examples and strategies to prevent sexual harassment. Despite mandated training, sexual harassment can still occur in the workplace.
Seek the Legal Counsel of a Sexual Harassment Attorney in Irvine
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, speaking with an employment attorney who specializes in harassment claims can help you better understand understand your rights and options. Filing deadlines apply so it’s best to speak with an experienced harassment lawyer as soon as possible. Call Altus Law Firm to speak with a sexual harassment lawyer at 949-346-3391.