If you are dealing with any form of sexual harassment in the workplace, seriously consider meeting with an attorney to discuss your legal options. A lawyer may be able to help you file a state or federal complaint to hold your employer and the harasser accountable and potentially recover compensation and other remedies for the damages caused by the harassment.
The licensed Sacramento sexual harassment lawyers at the Arnold Law Firm understand how difficult it is to handle this form of harassment. The ongoing emotional toll makes it so much tougher to do your job. We are prepared to aggressively pursue the justice and compensation you deserve, which could include back pay, reinstatement to your previous position and compensation for emotional damages.
Your consultation with our attorneys is completely free and you will not be charged legal fees unless you receive compensation at the end of the legal process.
Workplace sexual harassment is defined in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The Title VII definition of sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, if this conduct:
FEHA has a similar definition for sexual harassment in the workplace. It also prohibits any form of visual sexual harassment.
Both Title VII and FEHA state that an employer can be held liable for harassment even if the conduct has not been directed at the person who claims to have been harassed. Title VII states that the victim does not have to be the opposite sex of the perpetrator for the behavior to be considered harassment. FEHA says that the sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation does not matter.
Title VII says that the perpetrator can be the victim’s supervisor, agent of the employer, supervisor in another area, co-worker or a third party. Harassment can occur even if the victim does not suffer an economic injury or lose his or her job.
If you think you have been a victim of sexual harassment, contact an attorney today for a free legal consultation. A Sacramento sexual harassment lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for you.
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There are two main types of workplace sexual harassment:
It can be difficult to prove either of these forms of harassment, a reason to work with an experienced sexual harassment lawyer in Sacramento. We are experienced Sacramento employment lawyers with specific experience in sexual harassment cases.
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Our Sacramento sexual harassment attorneys handle cases involving many different types of physical or verbal conduct that fit the definition of sexual harassment under federal or state law. Some examples of workplace sexual harassment include:
If you have been a victim, you can fight back to stop the harassment, hold the perpetrator accountable, and possibly obtain compensation for financial and emotional damages.
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Sometimes people have misconceptions about what constitutes sexual harassment under federal and state law. For example, some people mistakenly believe it is against the law to have a consensual sexual relationship with a co-worker. If there is no quid pro quo harassment or unwelcome sexual advances or verbal harassment, this type of relationship does not violate the law.
Offhand comments, teasing or isolated incidents are often not harassment because they are not frequent or severe enough to create a hostile working environment.
Here are some other examples of conduct that usually does not rise to the level of harassment:
If you ever become uncomfortable with this kind of behavior, you should try telling the person. Sometimes people simply do not realize they are harassing you and will stop if you point it out to them.
However, if the behavior continues even after warning the person, you should consider contacting a sexual harassment lawyer in Sacramento for a free legal consultation. We may be able to file a complaint at the federal or state level to try to resolve the situation.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). That means if you are a victim of any violations of this law, such as sexual harassment in the workplace, you can file a complaint with the EEOC to try to hold the perpetrator accountable and obtain a settlement.
All EEOC complaints must include the following information:
Generally, you have 180 days from the date of the harassment to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. This deadline applies to each specific instance of harassment.
However, the deadline for filing a charge is extended to 300 days if there is a state or local agency that enforces a law that prohibits the same type of harassment that is covered by Title VII.
Our Sacramento sexual harassment lawyers can review the specifics of your case to determine if your deadline is 180 or 300 days. We have detailed knowledge of the state and local agencies that enforce laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.
This is the only situation where the deadline for filing a charge of discrimination will be extended. The deadline will not be moved if you attempt to resolve the dispute with your employer through an internal grievance procedure, arbitration or mediation. You can go through these procedures while going through an EEOC complaint.
Within 10 days of receiving your complaint, the EEOC will give a notice of charge to your employer and begin an investigation to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe the charge is true. The commission will make this determination within 120 days of when you filed the charge.
An investigation can have a few different outcomes:
The Sacramento sexual harassment lawyers at our firm can help you draft a complaint and file a civil action if your complaint is unsuccessful. We are prepared to guide you through every step of the legal process, as we pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
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Our attorneys will carefully analyze your situation to determine if it makes more sense to file a claim under state than federal law. We are committed to making the decision that is in your best interest.
You can file a complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing by phone, in person, over the phone or online. Our attorneys will help you collect all of the information you need for this complaint, which is the same as the information you would need for a complaint with the EEOC.
There is a one-year time limit for filing a discrimination complaint. However, this deadline can be paused if any of the department:
Once your complaint is filed, the department will conduct an investigation. The investigation can consist of any of the following:
If the investigation reveals that the complaint has merit, the director of the department has the authority to file a civil action to achieve a resolution. However, this can only be done after going through a dispute resolution that is unsuccessful.
If the complaint is dismissed by the department for any reason, or the investigation is ended, the department will promptly notify the victim of the closure and provide reasons why in writing. This written notification serves as a right-to-sue notice. Once you receive this, you are free to file a civil lawsuit to achieve a resolution of your case.
However, you are free to request a right-to-sue notice at any point during the complaint process. For instance, you can request this notice before the department even starts its investigation.
A Sacramento sexual harassment lawyer from our firm can help you throughout every stage of this process.
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Our sexual harassment lawyers in Sacramento can pursue various remedies for sexual harassment, depending on the specifics of your claim. These remedies could include:
We may also be able to obtain punitive damages, which are designed to deter others from engaging in this type of conduct.
Many of the remedies above may be available in a civil lawsuit as well. Our Sacramento sexual harassment attorneys will evaluate all of the relevant factors in your case to determine appropriate remedies and compensation. This is the law’s way of attempting to put you back in the position you were in before the harassment occurred.
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Federal and state law protect sexual harassment victims from being retaliated against by their employers. Retaliation can include many different actions against people who report harassment or try to help others with their harassment complaints, such as filing an EEOC complaint, resisting sexual advances, or reporting harassment to your employer.
The EEOC lists several examples of retaliatory actions against sexual harassment victims:
These actions are all illegal, regardless of whether the sexual harassment allegations are true. Unfortunately, many victims are retaliated against for fighting back against harassment and trying to hold perpetrators accountable. If you have experienced retaliation, seek skilled legal representation for your sexual harassment claim.
The trusted Sacramento sexual harassment lawyers at our firm can pursue compensation and other remedies for any retaliation you experience for reporting harassment. This could include various things like reinstatement to your previous position or the cost of mental health counseling for the emotional effects of verbal abuse.
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If you suffered any form of sexual harassment, you can fight back by filing a discrimination complaint at the state or federal level. You may also be able to file a sexual harassment lawsuit to obtain compensation for the damages caused by your harassment.
The sexual harassment lawyers in Sacramento at our firm have detailed knowledge of the many aspects of these cases, including federal and state laws and the types of compensation we can pursue. We know how to conduct a detailed investigation and collect evidence to build a strong case to try to hold your harasser accountable for breaking the law.
We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no charge for your initial consultation and you will not be charged for our services unless we obtain compensation.
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