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Sexual harassment

One of the ugliest things that can happen to you in a workplace is to be treated like a sexual object. Your contributions as an employee get lost. Your sense of self disappears. You become a plaything for someone else -- often a bullying boss whose unsavory interest makes you feel sick in the pit of your stomach.

It’s unfair that someone who controls your job also has influence over a much more personal area: your sexuality. And yet that’s exactly what happens to countless people every day.

Maybe you hear comments like “must be cold in here today!” or “hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave.” Or perhaps you’re being accosted more obviously: invitations to drinks or dinner, or assignments which involve working the weekend with just you and your harasser.

  You have the right to feel safe and comfortable in your workplace. Your boss is taking away your rights by depriving you of a professional environment.  

In the worst case, maybe you’re being being touched, fondled, and pressured into sexual intercourse.

You don’t deserve to be harassed by an employer who sees the workplace as a meat market. No one should face the injustice of dealing with sexual interest, sexual advances, or sexual encounters in combination with any kind of job.

What rights do you have in the workplace?

You have the right to feel safe and comfortable in your workplace. Dirty jokes, innuendo-filled compliments, and raunchy nicknames are all wrong. You came to do your job. Your boss is taking away your rights by depriving you of a professional environment. You shouldn’t be subjected to your boss’s wrongful and shameful behavior.

  Men are victims of sexual harassment, too.  

It doesn’t matter if “everyone else” is okay with the illegal behavior. Harassment isn’t something people vote on!

Men are victims of sexual harassment, too. Male co-workers can “kid around” with you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable as a man, even if you’re not being directly propositioned. Locker room talk belongs in a locker room, not your workplace.

And if you’re being touched at all, please let us protect you! There’s no time when any kind of touching is appropriate.

Can your boss promote a “special friend” over you?

Even when you’re not the object of someone’s sexual attention, you can suffer from sexual harassment. What if your boss promotes someone with whom he is in a relationship? Or what if your boss has “the hots” for a guy and she bends the rules for him? Is that illegal? Yes!

  Sex and sexual attraction shouldn’t be a factor in an employer’s decisions.  

It’s unfair for someone to receive advantages because of sex, just like it’s unfair for you to not receive benefits for not having sex with someone. Sex and sexual attraction shouldn’t be a factor in an employer’s decisions.

Are you scared to speak up? Do you think it will make things worse?

We understand how scary it is to face sexual harassment. You don’t want to make waves. You don’t want to be fired. And yet you can’t stand what’s happening. It’s our job -- and our privilege -- to help you navigate this situation. We are there beside you, every step of the way. We’ll help you to take back your rights.

Is your boss bullying you because you reported discrimination or harrassment?

Perhaps you already suspect that you are being unfairly treated because you won’t go along with your boss’s sexual requests. Maybe you told your boss or someone else that you believe your employer is treating you wrongfully because you aren’t being welcoming enough. You were very courageous to speak up! You have the right to feel safe and to have job security even after complaining.

Retaliation based upon your complaints of sexual discrimination or harassment is illegal. Your boss may say that you weren’t being discriminated against because of anything sexual. But even if your employer can prove that, it’s never fair to discriminate against you because you spoke up. If you feel you’ve been retaliated against because of your complaints, let us help you.

How can I prove my boss sexually harassed me?

The appellate court decided in the case of Mogilefsky v. Superior Court that sexual harassment occurs when you’ve been subjected to unwanted sexual propositions, graphic discussions about sexual acts, and sexual comments about your body.

  We are there beside you, every step of the way. We’ll help you to take back your rights.  

To prove your case, you only need the judge or jury to believe that the acts occurred and that you didn’t consent to them. If you have witnesses and documents, of course it’s much easier to prove your case. However, if you don’t have these things, don’t feel discouraged. We have handled many cases where someone has been sexually harassed, but no one was around to see it and it wasn’t in writing. In fact, it’s pretty common for bad bosses to wait until a time when you’re alone before they harass you.

If you’ve been sexually harassed, that’s wrong. You deserve to be treated with respect.

We can help you fight for justice.

When your employer introduces sex into the workplace, you can feel hopeless. Employers should not get away with it! By standing up for your rights, you are standing up for yourself. You are also standing up for everyone who has ever suffered the injustice of sexual discrimination and harassment.

Please make an appointment for a free consultation in our Newport Beach office. You can contact us by email or phone. We want to help.