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Dedicated Lawyers Protect Victims of Threats, Intimidation and Humiliation in the Los Angeles Area

Serving victims of sexual harassment in California since 2001

While many employees comprehend that persistent lewd comments and unwanted sexual advances constitute sexual harassment, few understand that they don’t have to endure this behavior. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we have the legal knowledge and experience to help you understand and protect your rights. With diligent, professional service and a comprehension of harassment claims from both sides of the aisle, we are the attorneys of choice for employees in California who are seeking a just outcome.

Zealous attorneys combat bullying in the workplace

All employees deserve to work in an environment where they are free from bullying and intimidation. This is not to say that all unpleasant interactions amount to bullying or intimidation. For instance, constructive criticism of subpar work and disciplinary measures due to a work policy violation are appropriate actions. However, when employer actions are unfair and unjustified, they may amount to bullying and intimidation. When they are severe or persistent, they might be illegal. We can review your situation to determine if you are being treated unfairly and, if so, aggressively advocate on your behalf to stop the mistreatment and obtain available compensation.

When bullying becomes sexual harassment

Threats, intimidation and humiliation may amount to sexual harassment if they have a sexual basis or component. When a supervisor or employee threatens you or intimidates you into granting sexual favors, grounds for a sexual harassment claim are present. In many cases, after an act of harassment, the offender threatens and intimidates the victim into keeping quiet about the incident. These threats can encompass:

  • Verbal threats and intimidation
  • Sabotage from co-workers, such as threatening to spread rumors or share false information that will get you fired
  • Termination threats from supervisors, such as threatening you with a poor performance review if you report harassment or do not grant sexual favors

If you are actually terminated for reporting or refusing to submit to sexual harassment, you can file a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

Sexual harassment can also take the form of humiliating treatment, such as:

  • Threats to divulge harmful information about you if you do not agree to the act of harassment or threaten to report it.
  • The act of snickering at or spreading rumors about your body, sexual preferences, partners or other aspects of your protected class to others.
  • The disclosure of sexual material to co-workers or superiors, including your text messages, emails, private sexual photos or videos, or other relevant private possessions.

We offer straightforward representation to victims of sexual threats, intimidation and humiliation in the workplace.

Your employer has a responsibility to prevent harassment and respond to complaints

An employer that tolerates any form of sexually based mistreatment of employees may be liable for hostile workplace discrimination. Before trouble starts, an employer would be wise to develop appropriate policies and procedures for preventing sexual harassment and for educating its employees and especially its managers. If an employee files a complaint, the employer’s duties include:

  • Taking the complaint seriously and treating the complainant with respect and compassion
  • Investigating the complaint and taking account of any evidence provided
  • Cooperating with government authorities investigating the complaint
  • No retaliating against the complaining employee
  • If the complaint is substantiated, taking appropriate action against the wrongdoers, which, depending on the seriousness of the conduct, may range from a warning or counseling to termination

If you believe you are a victim of threats, intimidation and humiliation, you should begin by complaining to your employer. If you retain us as your counsel, we can make sure that your employer treats you and your complaint appropriately.

Helping employees obtain the relief they need through diligent, skillful representation

When your job — or physical and emotional health — is on the line, you can rely on The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, California to protect you from harassment. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees until we win. To learn more about how we can assist in your case, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 today for a free initial consultation.