WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT
WHEN WORKING IN CALIFORNIA
Author: Richard A. Apodaca, Esq
Date Written: May 25, 2017
Are you sitting there feeling that you’re being sexually harassed at work, by your supervisor or co-worker, but you’re just not quite sure (1) whether you have an actual legal claim; or (2) whether you should talk to an attorney? Let me assure you – both answers are related and go hand-in-hand.
First, you need to understand that there can be differences between what YOU feel is sexual harassment and what constitutes illegal harassment under Federal, State, and other local laws. Because let’s face it – not every interaction, embarrassment, or ridicule is illegal. Now, the fact you are reading this blog, indicates to us at R&K that someone is treating YOU wrongly – because why else would you be searching for answers?
Generally, sexual harassment can include the following:
(1) unwelcome sexual advances (i.e., is someone hitting on you or asking you for sexual acts?);
(2) requests for sexual favors (i.e., is someone asking you to perform sexual acts in exchange for hours, work or other benefits?);
(3) verbal harassment based on your sex (i.e., sexual innuendos, comments, sexually suggestive jokes, or even if someone calling you names or other offensive comments about your body or sex?);
(4) visual harassment on the basis of your sex (i.e., is someone staring at your body parts suggestively or displaying sexual content/material?);
(5) or physical harassment of a sexual nature (i.e., is someone rubbing, brushing or touching your body? Did someone sexually assault you?). Now, this is not an exhaustive list and may include others. But, the point is – if any of these offensive or disgusting things are happening to YOU – don’t wait.
You need to talk to an experienced employment attorney that you trust and that believes in YOU. Many sexual harassment claims are “He-said, She-said”, and it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you because you complained of harassment. As I mentioned earlier, what you feel is sexual harassment may not be illegal under the various laws, but how else will you figure that out without contacting an attorney? The reality is that thousands of claims/lawsuits for sexual harassment are submitted by people just like you every year to the EEOC/DFEH and our court system. As a victim of sexual harassment, you may be entitled to certain remedies, compensation, benefits, and/or medical care. But even more importantly, most times when attorneys like myself get involved, the harassment stops or some other type of positive change happens.
No matter the situation, sexual harassment is wrong. There is no reason YOU should sit there and allow the harassment to continue. The first step to ending the harassment is notifying the right people. We here at R&K firmly believe in this fight to seek justice and equality on behalf of workers in California. I firmly believe that every person has a voice and that employers and other wrongdoers need to be held accountable.
I urge you to contact our office at 909-944-3777 if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you and making a change.
RODRIGUEZ & KING, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
/s/ Richard A. Apodaca
Richard A. Apodaca, Esq.
Attorney at Law