Los Angeles Harassment Attorneys Hold Employers Accountable for Unwanted Sexual Advances in the Workplace
Zealously upholding the rights of harassed employees throughout California
When unwanted sexual behaviors occur in the workplace, they can seriously affect your psychological health, physical well-being and ability to earn a living. Victims often suffer severe depression, anxiety, sleep problems and other physical and emotional distress. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we are committed to helping victims of unwanted sexual advances put an end to such behavior and obtain the compensation they deserve. Victims may be entitled to back or front pay, reinstatement, transfer or compensation for their distress. In some cases, an employer may also be ordered to implement workplace policies, conduct training or provide counseling, among other remedies.
Types of unwanted advances and sexual misconduct
Unwanted advances do not have to be physical or even face-to-face. Making such advances over the phone, internet or other means of electronic communication is also improper and may be illegal. Our attorneys use their substantial skills and perseverance to guide clients through administrative actions, mediation, negotiation and sexual harassment litigation when they have been subjected to unwanted sexual verbal or physical advances. These may include the following behaviors:
- Repeatedly or inappropriately asking out a co-worker or employee
- Persistent letters, phone calls and other invitations.
- Bribing, persuading, coercing or requesting sexual favors in exchange for job perks
- Unwelcome touching or blocking
- Inappropriate comments, jokes, teasing or questions
- Lewd actions or unwanted sexual gestures or noises
- Threatening or intimidating sexual conduct
If you are subjected to these or any other unwanted advances of sufficient severity or persistence, you might be the victim of sexual harassment.
Handling unwanted sexual advances
Unwanted sexual advances at work can be made to either men or women and can come from any of several sources: supervisors, colleagues and even third parties like consultants, vendors and customers. If you have any evidence of the advance, you should preserve it. Regardless of who made the sexual advance, your employer has a duty to investigate your claim, taking into consideration your complaint and evidence and interviewing any relevant witnesses. If the investigation bears out your complaint, the employer is obligated to remedy the problem. This may include issuing warnings to third parties that their inappropriate actions will not be tolerated. If your employer doesn’t stop the sexual advances or you face retaliation for making the complaint, you need to seek legal help.
Our lawyers have the experience and sensitivity to analyze your case to help you determine whether you have been the victim of sexual harassment under the law. If you have, we can aggressively pursue your claim to obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Seek the assistance of straightforward and reliable employment lawyers in Los Angeles
When unwanted sexual misconduct makes it difficult to work and causes you harm, the hardworking attorneys at The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, California are here to help you stop the unwelcome behavior and obtain justice. To learn more about your rights and options under the law, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080. Initial consultations are always free and there are no fees unless we win.