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Bay Area Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Bay Area Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Bay Area, California Sexual Harassment Cases Require Experienced Employment Lawyers

Under both federal and California law, it is against the law to harass an employee on the basis of that person’s sex. The state statute specifically states that sexual harassment is a form of employment discrimination, and provides a number of remedies to which a worker or job candidate may be entitled. However, the laws are quite complex and identifying conduct that constitutes sexual harassment may be difficult.

Our employment lawyers at Minnis & Smallets, LLP have represented many clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California, assisting employees with claims of sexual harassment in the workplace and protecting their interests in these cases. After conducting an initial consultation, we can explain how the law applies to your specific situation, but you may also find it useful to review some basic information on sexual harassment claims in California.

California Law on Sexual Harassment

Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, a worker can file a claim for sexual harassment in two situations:

  • Quid Pro Quo: Latin for “something for something,” this type of sexual harassment occurs when a manager or person in a supervisory position requires an employee to submit to sexual conduct through use of threats. A poor performance review, demotion, termination, or change in employment conditions are examples of quid pro quo threats.

Example: A manager pressures a worker to engage in sexual activities in order to avoid being fired.

  • Hostile Work Environment: Both supervisors and co-workers can engage in sexual harassment by creating a hostile work environment. This type of harassment does not require any threats; actions that qualify include any sort of employee conduct that makes another worker feel intimidated, offended, or the subject of hostilities.
  • Example: A co-worker posts offensive photos of scantily clad individuals in the cubicle, cafeteria, or common area where other employees can see them.

Recognizing Sexual Harassment

While most sexual harassment is of a female employee by a male supervisor or co-worker, sexual that is not the only form that sexual harassment can take:

  • Both men and women can be the offender or the victim of sexual harassment, and the harasser may be the same gender as the victim.
  • A non-employee may create a hostile work environment for an employee.
  • An employee may be the victim of sexual harassment even when he or she is not the target of the offensive conduct, if the conduct creates  a hostile work environment for the employee.
  • Comments may amount to sexual harassment whether they target a specific person or group of individuals.

Discuss Your Circumstances with a San Francisco Bay Area, California Sexual Harassment Attorney

For more information about sexual harassment laws and the implications for both employees and employers, please call the San Francisco offices of Minnis & Smallets, LLP at 1-415-551-0885. Our experienced lawyers can answer your questions or schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case. You can also check out our website to learn more about our legal services in the areas of sexual harassment, discrimination, and other employment issues.

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