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No one should face sexual harassment at work, but the unfortunate reality is that sexual harassment is a persistent problem in US workplaces in all industries. Sexual harassment takes many forms, some more damaging than others, but all are unacceptable at work. If you believe you have experienced sexual harassment from a supervisor or co-worker, it’s vital to know your rights and legal options for addressing the matter.
All employers should have clear anti-harassment policies for their employees and internal conflict resolution processes for resolving any such claims that arise in the workplace. When these options fail to produce satisfactory results, or if the victim’s experience exceeds the scope of harassment issues that can be addressed internally, the victim should consult legal counsel as soon as possible.
The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Winters offers comprehensive and compassionate legal counsel to individuals impacted by sexual harassment in their Long Beach, CA, area workplaces. We know these incidents can happen with seemingly little to no hard evidence to support the victim’s claim. Many parties that knowingly engage in sexual harassment are careful to keep their activities as concealed as possible. The right attorney can help the victim of workplace sexual harassment ensure accountability for those responsible for their adverse experiences.
The broadest definition of “sexual harassment” is any unwelcome and unwanted behavior in the workplace targeted at an employee based on their sex. While sexual harassment in the workplace can occur across a wide spectrum in terms of severity, some forms of sexual harassment are more serious and more damaging than others. A few of the most commonly reported forms of sexual harassment in California workplaces include:
Unfortunately, some employees in California endure sexual harassment for far longer than they should because they are unaware of their options for legal recourse. As a result, sexual harassment can result in a wide range of economic damages for the victim and substantial emotional distress. A Long Beach sexual harassment attorney is the ideal resource to consult if you believe you have grounds for a sexual harassment claim against an employer or co-worker.
Any employment dispute regarding sexual harassment, other forms of workplace harassment, or illegal discrimination must be under a formal review from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the government agency tasked with enforcing the workplace fairness laws of the United States. If you have grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit, you typically cannot proceed directly with a civil claim against the defendant. First, you must submit a complaint to the EEOC and have the agency investigate the issue.
Employers in the United States must comply with EEOC requests for information and cooperate at all times with EEOC investigators. If the EEOC determines that a claimant’s complaint is valid, it will issue the claimant a Notice of Right to Sue, allowing them to proceed with a lawsuit against the defendant. Once a claimant has the support of the EEOC behind their claim, the defendant is likely to seek to settle the case as soon as possible.
If you succeed with your sexual harassment claim to the EEOC, you will have the right to seek accountability for any damages you suffered from your experience. Depending on the nature and severity of the incident in question, you could have the right to claim lost income and benefits, the costs of hiring legal counsel to represent you and file your claim, and compensation for emotional distress.
Some employees adversely affected by sexual harassment lose their jobs and seek reinstatement in their cases. Others have no desire to return to their former workplaces where their experiences occurred. Whatever your case entails, your Long Beach sexual harassment attorney can assist you in maximizing the recovery you obtain from your suit. In addition, if you experienced physical harm, you have the right to recover economic damages like medical expenses and ongoing medical treatment costs alongside your lost income.
When it comes to penalties for those charged with sexual harassment, individuals can face a wide range of consequences, and employers responsible for allowing sexual harassment to happen face penalties as well. For example, the EEOC can recommend heavy fines for employers that enable sexual harassment to occur in their workplaces. In addition, individuals who engage in certain forms of sexual harassment could lose their jobs and their professional licenses. If they engage in sexual assault or battery, they could face permanent registration as a sex offender.
The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Winters has years of experience helping Long Beach, CA, clients navigate complex employment law disputes, including claims regarding sexual harassment. We understand the concerns and fears many people have about the legal proceedings regarding their sexual harassment claims, and our goal is to help our client approach their case with clarity and peace of mind. If you are ready to speak with a Long Beach sexual harassment attorney, contact us today and Schedule Your Free Consultation with our team.
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