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Sexual Harassment

Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Claims Attorneys

The Workplace Should Be Free of Sexual Harassment

Not all rude or suggestive comments are considered sexual harassment under California and federal laws against sexual harassment, even though they are typically inappropriate in a workplace setting.

If you think you may have been a victim of sexual harassment on the job, it is important to understand your legal rights and obligations as soon as possible. For example, it is extremely important to report your claim of sexual harassment to your employer promptly and correctly. Failure to report or failure to follow your company's reporting policy to the letter may deprive you of your legal rights and options.

The Los Angeles employment lawyers at Posner & Rosen LLP can provide legal information and practical advice to employees who are facing sexual harassment at work. Our law firm focuses exclusively on representing employees in labor and employment litigation against employers, and we have provided distinguished legal service to California workers since 1985.

Examples of Sexual Harassment at Work

Your experiences may be considered sexual harassment if:

  • Your acceptance or rejection of sexual advances may affect your continued employment. For example, your supervisor may say that you will receive a promotion if you accept sexual advances (known as "quid pro quo" harassment, which means "something for something else"). Alternatively, your supervisor may threaten to fire you if you reject sexual advances. Both examples are sexual harassment.
  • Comments or actions of a supervisor, co-worker or client create a hostile work environment for you. For example, your boss may constantly tell dirty jokes, comment on your attire, make sexual innuendos, or otherwise create a hostile, uncomfortable and sexually charged environment that interferes with your work performance. It takes more than occasional comments to create a hostile work environment. There must be a visible pattern of comments and actions.
  • Someone retaliates against you (such as by wrongful termination) after you complain about unwelcome sexual advances or offensive verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature toward you or another employee.

Sexual harassment is also different from employment discrimination based on gender, although the two types of unlawful acts sometimes go hand-in-hand. Employment discrimination based on gender occurs when a company terminates, demotes, lays off, fails to promote or takes other negative action toward an employee because of his or her gender.

If you think you may have a sexual harassment case against your employer, call the Los Angeles employment lawyers of Posner & Rosen at 213.389.6050 or contact us by e-mail

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