Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Sexual harassment is illegal under both federal and California law. Unfortunately, this type of harassment is becoming a serious problem in the workplace. Employees have the right to perform their jobs without being sexually harassed by a superior or co-worker. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at your place of employment, it is essential that you contact the Law Offices of Lederer & Nojima as soon as possible. Our experienced sexual harassment attorneys will aggressively protect your rights and help you recover compensation for the injury you have suffered.

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What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment becomes illegal when it is so severe or constant that it changes the conditions of the victim's employment, affecting the victim's ability to do his or her job due to the creation of a hostile work environment. Isolated incidents usually do not constitute sexual harassment, unless they are extremely severe. Sexual harassment is generally defined as unwanted sexual contact. Both male and female employees can be victims of sexual harassment, and the law further protects employees from sexual harassment by a member of the same sex (regardless of whether the harasser is homosexual or not). There are basically two types of sexual harassment:

Unwelcome sexual conduct: sexual conduct that is so severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment for the victim. This may include visual conduct (such as displaying pornographic pictures), verbal conduct (such as making sexual comments), physical conduct (such as inappropriate touching), or any other unwelcome sexual conduct (such as making sexual references in an e-mail).

Quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment: occurs when a condition of employment is based on the employee’s submission to an unwelcome sexual advancement. For example, an employee may be offered a raise or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors, or may be threatened with demotion or termination if they refuse the harasser’s sexual advances.

California Law

California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) specifically prohibits sexual harassment at the workplace. It includes harassment based on sex, gender, pregnancy, and childbirth or related medical conditions. Under this law, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, if the conduct affects a person's employment, unreasonably interferes with a person's work performance, or creates an abusive, intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Examples of illegal sexual harassment under FEHA may include any of the following:

• offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors

• threatening adverse consequences for refusing sexual advances

• making unwanted sexual advances

• verbal conduct such as sexual propositions, derogatory comments, slurs or jokes

• verbal comments about a person’s body

• using sexually degrading words to describe a person

• sending sexually suggestive or obscene letters, e-mails or notes

• unwanted physical contact

• impeding a person’s movement

• harassing conduct based on gender (i.e. mistreatment of a person because she is female)

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At the Law Offices of Lederer & Nojima in Los Angeles, California, we have the necessary experience and skill to effectively protect the rights of employee's who have been victimized by sexually harassing conduct at their place of employment. If you have been sexually harassed at work, you deserve vindication under the law. Our seasoned attorneys will work hard to hold the responsible parties accountable and maximize compensation for your injury. Call us today for a free case evaluation.

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