Respected California Law Firm Represents Victims of Sexual Harassment
Experienced Los Angeles attorneys go after persistent harassers
At the Ruttenberg Law Firm, P.C., in Los Angeles, our employment attorneys work hard to obtain justice for victims of workplace sexual harassment. We empower clients by holding harassers liable, obtaining compensation for harm suffered and helping to end abuse. Our lawyers utilize decades of experience to handle each aspect of a case, starting with filing a claim with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Committed advocates handle complicated workplace harassment cases
California law prohibits sexual harassment, gender harassment and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Thanks to several high-profile cases and cultural developments, tolerance for sexual harassment is lower than ever. People are more willing to speak about and fight back against inappropriate behavior, and to support others who do the same.
Sexual harassment in the workplace may take many forms but is usually grouped into two major types.
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an employer offers benefits for sexual favors or creates an appearance that higher pay, favorable working conditions or other employment benefits are contingent on an employee’s acceptance of sexual advances.
Hostile workplace harassment is pattern of harassing behavior severe or pervasive enough that an employee cannot reasonably perform his or her job. A hostile work environment can be manifested by many forms of conduct, such as:
- Sexual notes, letters and invitations and sexting
- Sharing and displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures or websites
- Inappropriate language and comments, including epithets, slurs and jokes
- Leering and sexual gestures
- Threats, intimidation and humiliation
- Sexual assault and other physical conduct
Harassment can also take the shape of gender pay discrimination. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it illegal for any employer to make hiring, training, promotion, compensation or firing decisions based on gender, sexual orientation or marital status, among other qualities.
When you hire our team, we will immediately set out to build a solid case on your behalf. We conduct detailed investigations, examine evidence and represent you in meetings, negotiations and hearings.
Determined lawyers develop strong cases and seek fair victim compensation
A complaint must be filed with the DFEH or EEOC within one year of the latest instance of harassment or retaliation. If the DFEH or EEOC issues you a right-to-sue letter, the details of the case will determine the defendant to be named in the lawsuit. In California, the liable party can be the:
- Individual harasser — Any person who commits or aids and abets sexual harassment can be held individually liable for such actions.
- Employer — Organizations are responsible for harassment committed by their supervisors or agents. Employers who fail to take steps to prevent harassment by other personnel are liable for that harassment as well. Further, employers are accountable if they knew or should have known of harassment by a non-employee, such as a customer, and did not take immediate and appropriate corrective action.
Sexual harassment can influence every aspect of a person’s life, from mental well-being to career opportunities. Victims of unlawful sexual harassment are entitled to legal remedy. Job reinstatement, a court-ordered injunction or changes in the employer’s policies may be awarded, in addition to monetary damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and related expenses.
Contact trusted Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers for a free initial consultation
If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual advances at work in California, the attorneys at The Ruttenberg Law Firm, P.C., in Los Angeles, can help you fight back. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at (310) 979-7080 or contact us online.