Tier 1 San Diego Sexual Harassment Attorney
In today’s workplace environment, claims of sexual harassment are usually taken seriously thanks to the #metoo movement. However, that does not mean that thousands of women do not suffer in silence. Instances of unwanted physical touching, advances, and other non-verbal harassment are still common in the workplace. The San Diego sexual harassment attorney at Miracle Mile Law Group is trained to identify subtle and explicit behavior that could entitle you to compensation for your injuries.
The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are state and federal laws, respectively, that prohibit sexual harassment.
How Is Sexual Harassment Legally Defined?
In the eyes of the law, there are two different forms of sexual harassment. On the one hand there is quid pro quo sexual harassment and on the other is hostile work environment sexual harassment.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment: in Latin, “quid pro quo” means “something for something.” This form of sexual harassment occurs when your employer conditions some aspect of your employment (a raise, demotion, increase in pay, or preventing a termination) in exchange for a sexual favor or act.
Hostile work environment: This occurs when the behavior of your employer is severe or pervasive (meaning it has become quite unbearable) enough that a reasonable person would find it uncomfortable. This can include jokes, unwanted advances and/or touching.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Sexually Harassed?
If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, it is not uncommon to feel anxiety over the trauma and possibility of career suicide. However, there are certain step you can take to either cease the harassment or mitigate the damage that ensues.
- Tell the harasser to stop. This is easier said than done as in most employment contexts the harasser is in a position of power. But if you feel comfortable, request that the harasser cease the behavior.
- Check to see if your employer has an anti-harassment policy in place. It may be helpful to check your employee handbook or other material to see if there is protocol in place to notify your employer of the harassment. If no such policy exists, contact your supervisor.
- Gather all supporting documents. Make sure to make copies of emails, texts, skype messages, or any other documentation that will help support your side of the story. Often times, the harasser will deny the accusations.
- Create a work journal.Any time you perceive something as harassment, write down the date it occurred, who did it, and any witnesses that were present. This will help refresh your memory when filing a claim.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you navigate the law and preserve your rights. The San Diego sexual harassment attorney at Miracle Mile Law Group is standing by to hear your story. Call us at (888) 244-0706 for more information.
Miracle Mile Law Group Fights for Victims of Sexual Harassment
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, contact the San Diego sexual harassment attorney at Miracle Mile Law Group to determine your rights. You do not pay a single penny unless we are able to obtain compensation on your behalf. Call us at (888) 244-0706 or fill out the form for a free consultation.