Though great strides have been made to counter sexual harassment in the workplace, statistics from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) reveal that struggles remain. According to the agency’s 2017 Annual Report, 14% of all filings received by the agency involved different types of sexual harassment.
At Minnis & Smallets LLP, our team is dedicated to fighting on behalf of employees who experience unlawful, demoralizing harassment on account of sex. Members of the California workforce have options to address misconduct, and a Palo Alto sexual harassment lawyer will pursue all available remedies allowed by federal and state law.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically focusing on two types of misconduct.
Though federal law protects against sexual harassment, FEHA offers broader protections for California employees. Examples include:
In order to file a claim of sexual harassment in violation of FEHA in court, an employee must first file a charge of discrimination with the DFEH, which can investigate the matter and attempt to resolve employer-employee sexual harassment claims. A similar remedy is available from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). After exhausting his or her administrative remedies, the employee can file a lawsuit in court. Through either process, an employee may be entitled to monetary damages and equitable relief.
Sexual harassment claims can be complex, and they are further complicated by the emotional and intimate nature of the subject matter. An attorney is a valuable resource for addressing workplace sexual harassment, by taking on such tasks as:
Sexual harassment continues to be a problem, but California employees do have rights when subjected to unlawful acts in the workplace. Our team at Minnis & Smallets LLP is prepared to take advantage of all legal options for our clients. Employees with concerns about workplace misconduct can contact our office or fill out our online form to schedule a case evaluation with a Palo Alto sexual harassment lawyer.