Nobody wants to be touched or stared at by creepy bosses. It is gross. It is uncomfortable. It sucks to work for a creepy boss. California’s sexual harassment laws protect all employees from sexual harassment from their co-workers, bosses, customers, or vendors. Brad Nakase is a sexual harassment lawyer dedicated to seeking justice for victims of sexual harassment. He believes that showing the consequences of sexual harassment will create a safe work environment for everybody.
Sexual harassment can have long-lasting effects on someone’s life and make them feel unsafe at their place of work. By seeking justice, employees can reclaim their life and ensure the safety of their co-workers.
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How Does A Sexual Harassment Claim Help?
Nakase Law Firm’s employment lawyers treat harassment victims with the utmost respect and compassion. We will help you to:
- Build the strongest case possible
- Hold the harasser accountable
- Get the justice you deserve
- Stop the perpetrator from sexually harassing people in the future
What Kind of Behavior Is Sexual Harassment?
The following types of behavior are the most common cases of sexual harassment:
- Verbal harassment such as lewd remarks or commenting on a person’s appearance, clothing, or sexual activity. Sexually explicit jokes and degrading comments are also verbal sexual harassment.
- Visual harassment such as sexually provocative pictures, making sexual gestures, or staring inappropriately.
- Sexual advances or invitations.
- Inappropriate touching or stopping an employee from moving away.
- Offering things in exchange for sexual favours or suggesting that an employee could lose their job if they don’t perform sexual favours.
- Threatening to or retaliating after a negative response to any of the above behaviors.
The law not only protects the victims of sexual harassment, but also protects those who help support sexual harassment victims, or witnesses to sexual harassment from retaliation.
Behavior does not have to be sexually motivated to be classed as sexual harassment. Some sexual harassment is motivated by control, suppression, or abuse of power. The laws also recognize all genders and sexual orientations as being able to be the harassers and genders.
Sexual Harassment Laws
The first law governing sexual harassment was in the Civil Rights Act of 1964; however, it only applies to companies larger than fifteen employees. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act is much more comprehensive and has no minimum number of employees.
Unless the sexual harassment is physical or severe, the court requires the sexual harassment to be a regular occurrence to pursue legal action. Even though a lewd comment is sexual harassment and should be reported to your employer, it would not be enough to file a claim. However, if there are a combination of separate incidences which on their own are not enough to file a claim, but together cause a hostile work environment, you may pursue a claim.
Have You Been Sexually Harassed?
Sexual Harassment can take many forms, each of them causing the victim distress and making them feel uncomfortable or unsafe in their workplace. If any of the following has happened to you, then you have been sexually harassed at work:
- You were asked or pressured into performing sexual favors in order to keep your job, get a promotion, or any other job perk.
- You were the target of unwanted comments, offensive remarks, sexual jokes, or harassing statements.
- You were the target of leering, explicit gestures, or unwanted physical contact.
- You were forced into a sexual situation or shown sexual pictures without your consent.
- Your gender, giving birth, or being pregnant, was the reason for the harassment.
Almost 40% of employees have been sexually harassed in the workplace.
Book a Free Consultation With a California Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Contact Nakase Law Firm for a free consultation if you were sexually harassed at work. We have offices throughout Southern California but can represent clients from all over California. Speak to us today about your experience and how we can help you get justice.