Employees should not have to endure being sexually harassed on the job, and both the federal government and the State of California take the matter seriously. If you’re the victim of sexual harassment at work, don’t put off discussing your concerns with an experienced workplace sexual harassment lawyer in San Francisco.
If you’re not sure that what you’re experiencing is sexual harassment, it’s not surprising. Practices that qualify as sexual harassment can be ingrained in the culture of a workplace, which makes rooting them out and identifying them more difficult. If the treatment in question makes you feel uncomfortable, you shouldn’t ignore the issue. Both California and the federal government directly address Sexual harassment on the job, which means you have important rights that are well worth protecting.
Sexual harassment can come in the form of a hostile work environment, which can leave employees feeling beaten down and powerless to act. While the entire office or workplace may appear to support the hostile environment that’s become part of your workplace’s culture, you may be surprised by how many employees are negatively affected by the experience. Further, hostility in the workplace shouldn’t be tolerated – regardless of how pervasive the negative consequences are.
The negative effects of a hostile work environment can include all the following:
When the hostility in question involves sexually suggestive comments, gestures, pictures, messages, notes, jokes, or anything else, it crosses the line into sexual harassment.
Another primary form of sexual harassment is called quid pro quo sexual harassment, and it refers to someone in a supervisory position coercing an employee into engaging in something sexual in exchange for something like the following:
Quid pro quo means something for something, and when the something being exchanged is of a sexual nature, it’s considered sexual harassment at both the state and federal levels. This category of sexual harassment can leave the affected employee feeling like they have few options other than quitting their job, which can derail their career and is not a fair outcome.
The focused workplace sexual harassment lawyers at Minnis & Smallets – proudly serving San Francisco – have reserves of experience successfully defending the workplace rights of employees like you, and we’re committed to fiercely advocating for your rights and rightful compensation. Our accomplished legal team is on your side and here to help. If you’re the victim of sexual harassment on the job, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about what we can do for you today.
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