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Work is difficult enough without having to worry that your employer, a supervisor, a coworker, a client, or a work partner is going to harass you because of your sex. Workers have the right to expect employers and anyone in a supervisory position will never condition their ability to do their job or obtain a promotion based on anything sexual. Employees should never be surprised, embarrassed, humiliated, or made anxious because anyone at their job makes derogatory sexual comments, posts sexual material online, or makes work uncomfortable in any way due to sexual references or conduct. While sexual harassment is a serious crime that plagues workplaces, we understand it is a pervasive issue that can ruin lives. At Miracle Mile Law Group, our orange county employment attorneys stand up for the rights of those who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace. If you or a loved one experienced workplace sexual harassment to a degree that resulted in causing you such harm such as the loss of your job or significant pain and suffering, contact our attorneys for a free and confidential consultation. Our employment law office serves many Orange County employees as compassionate legal counsel fighting against sexual harassment in the workplace.
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our Orange County sexual harassment attorneys fight aggressively to hold employers liable for any sexual harassment in the workplace. We explain that there are federal and California laws enacted to protect workers from sexual harassment. These laws include:
- The federal sexual harassment statute is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- California’s sexual harassment law is the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
A main difference between the federal and California laws is that the federal law generally applies to Orange County employers who have 15 or more employees while the number of employees generally isn’t limited under the California law.
Should you or a loved one experienced sexual harassment while in the workplace, we encourage you to speak to our Orange County Sexual Harassment Attorneys today.
How is sexual harassment defined in the workplace?
The Civil Rights Act defines sexual harassment as a type of sexual discrimination. The Civil Rights Act states that sexual harassment includes requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature – provided that the employee’s “submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”
The California FEHA provides the following examples of sexual harassment.
“Unwelcome sexual advances, or other visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature and actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment based on an employee’s sex. Under California law, the offensive conduct need not be motivated by sexual desire, but maybe based upon an employee’s actual or perceived sex or gender identity, actual or perceived sexual orientation, and/or pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.”
The people who may be the sexual harasser could include the following:
- The employer
- A supervisor of the employee
- A manager of the employee
- An employee agent
- Another worker
- A non-employee
- A “supervisor in another area”
Should you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, we encourage you to contact our Orange County sexual harassment attorneys at Miracle Mile Law Group today.
What sexual harassment protections doe Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII provides sexual harassment for women and men. It is possible for the harasser and the victim to be of the same sex. Anyone who is affected or disgusted by the sexual harassment can be a victim – not just the person targeted. There’s no need to prove financial harm in a Title VII sexual harassment case. The one key condition is that sexual harassment must be unwelcome.
Title VII is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This federal agency will conduct an investigation of sexual harassment.
It’s not just enough for Orange County employers to respond to complaints of sexual harassment or lawsuits. They need to take proactive steps to make clear sexual harassment is not acceptable. The employer should also create a grievance process for internal complaints.
What damages do our Orange County sexual harassment attorneys seek for our clients?
In both federal and state sexual harassment cases, our employment attorneys demand:
- That you are reinstated to your job and be paid any lost pay and the value of any lost benefits
- Compensation for your pain and suffering
- Payment for the damage to your reputation
- Damages set forth in the laws
- Punitive damages
- The requirement that the employer take corrective measures
Our employment attorneys will not settle with your current or former employer for less than what your sexual harassment case is worth. By retaining our Orange County sexual harassment attorneys for assistance, we guide you with every step of your claim, including negotiating for maximum compensation and defending your rights as a California employee.
How does the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect Orange County employees?
The California FEHA has two different definitions of sexual harassment:
- Quid Pro Quo Harassment. Here, the person who commits sexual harassment must have some authority about the employee’s career. The harasser must request that the employee comply with sexual advances or suffer an adverse employment action. Adverse actions include termination, not being promoted, and poor performance reviews. The sexual harasser must make clear that the victim/employee understands that their job status will be improved/adversely affected if they meet/don’t meet the harasser’s demands.
- Hostile Work Environment Harassment. This type of harassment applies to all workers and everyone who comes into contact with the worker. There’s no requirement of a threat or a promise of a good or bad employment result. Workplaces should not be so hostile that they affect the ability of the worker to do her/his job.
The California FEHA does require that sexual harassment be offensive, hostile, or intimidating – to a reasonable person. Examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
- Talking about sexual conduct
- Disparaging jokes, slurs, or comments
- Displaying sexual images, videos, or material
- Interfering with your movements
- Leaving obscene messages
- Many other types of improper sexual conduct
To file a California sexual harassment, our Orange County employee lawyers work to show:
- The offensive conduct is based on the employee’s sex. Sexual conduct should be based on the employee’s gender or sexual identity. The victim can be the target or just someone who witnesses the sexual harassment.
- The offensive conduct is not welcome. Unwelcome and nonconsensual are not the same. Employees may consent because of the fear they may lose their job or employee rights.
- A reasonable person would find sexual harassment offensive. If the conduct is such that most employees of both sexes wouldn’t find the conduct objectionable, then the sexual harassment case may not be valid.
- The conduct is “severe” or “pervasive” enough to create a hostile work environment. Generally, sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment requires multiple actions. An isolated offhand comment is probably not enough to support a legal claim.
Are Orange County employers required to provide sexual harassment training to employees?
California’s FEHA law does require that large employers, employers with 50 or more employees, must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisory employees every two years. Employers may also be required to provide training and take other proactive steps as a result of a court order after a legal claim is filed.
Sexual harassment lawsuits protect your right to work based on your job skills alone. In addition to compensating you for your laws, sexual harassment lawsuits also help protect other Orange County workers from similar acts of sexual harassment. To speak with a strong caring Orange County sexual harassment lawyer, call the Miracle Mile Law Group today. You can reach us at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation
Request a Free Consultation With a Sexual Harassment Attorney in Orange County
Our Orange County sexual harassment attorneys at Miracle Mile Law Group can review the facts of your case and help you determine if you have grounds to bring a lawsuit. Should you have a case, we may offer to take your case and legally assist you in fighting against negligent parties involved in your sexual harassment lawsuit. Your employer may owe you damages for failing to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace and our employment lawyers will fight to get you the highest possible claim.
Get in touch with Miracle Mile Law Group today by dialing (888) 244-0706.