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Protecting Working Californians Against Sexually Inappropriate Language and Comments

Los Angeles attorneys uphold your right to a harassment-free workplace

Many people mistakenly believe that only inappropriate physical touching or propositions by employers constitute sexual harassment. But a broad range of inappropriate language can be based on a protected class such as sex or gender, be offensive and unwelcome, and create a hostile work environment. You should not have to listen to foul language, sexual or derogatory comments or jokes, or other disparaging remarks while at work. Whether inappropriate language is directed at you specifically or a class of people generally, it may be grounds for a sexual harassment claim. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, our seasoned Los Angeles attorneys fight for your right to enjoy a workplace free of such language.

A duty to prevent workplace harassment

Under the law, employers have a duty to prevent harassment from occurring at work, whether by posting a sign that informs employees of their rights or by distributing information on sexual harassment. That harassment may include sexual or graphic comments, comments about an individual’s body as well as making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, jokes or other inappropriate language. When employers fail to educate employees on their rights to be free from harassing or discriminating language — or fail to stop inappropriate comments when they occur — they may be held liable for the harm it causes the employees.

Common types of harassing language

At the Los Angeles firm of The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, our attorneys have extensive experience handling sexual harassment claims. We can help you find justice and relief when you’re subjected to inappropriate language and comments including:

  • Foul or obscene language
  • Derogatory comments
  • Lewd comments about an individual’s body or figure
  • Explicit discussions of or spreading rumors about sexual activities, behaviors or partners
  • Gender-specific slurs
  • Sexual advances
  • Sexual propositions, especially by a superior
  • Sexual innuendos
  • Explicit or offensive jokes

While sexual, derogatory or offensive language can create a hostile work environment and be grounds for a sexual harassment lawsuit, its indiscriminate use is not always enough to bring a suit. When vulgar language is directed at you or a class of people like you, however, our attorneys aggressively seek to stop the harassment and obtain justice.

Contact experienced L.A. attorneys who act quickly to protect you from harassment

At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, we believe that employees should never have to suffer harassment or discrimination. Our lawyers have both the skill and experience to protect your rights and put a stop to inappropriate language in the workplace. For a free initial consultation and services provided by contingency fees, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 for a free initial consultation.