What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like?
Sexual harassment can take many forms. Usually it is obvious and very uncomfortable. Sometimes, though, a person who cannot control sexual impulses engages in subtle actions or words that build into a hostile work environment over time.
Call the employment litigation attorneys at The Armstrong Law Firm. Our lawyers have the experience and knowledge you can rely on to file claims to stop sexual harassment and protect your workplace rights. We protect you and your job. We provide a free consultation to explain California and federal laws regarding harassment on the job, and will give you an honest evaluation of whether you have a claim worth pursuing. We will also inform you of the different options so that you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.
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Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment comes in a variety of behaviors, some of which may be more subtle, but all of them are a violation of your rights, including:
- Dirty jokes and lewd language
- Sexual content posted on walls and computer screens
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment, such as a request for sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit
- Sexual favoritism
- Leering, suggestive looks
- Inappropriate touching, unwelcome physical proximity
- Denied promotions because of your sex or sexual orientation
- Denied or reduced pay raises
- Unwelcome phone calls, e-mails and text messaging
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- Foul Language
- Inappropriate Touching
- Obscene Gestures
- Online and Social Media
- Porn on Screen
- Refusing Sexual Advances
- Sexual Advances
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Jokes
- Sexual Notes or E-mails
- Sexual Pictures
Sexual harassment leads to a hostile work environment and often turns into retaliation if the victim reports it.
Top Ten Tips for Victims of Sexual Harassment
For many victims of sexual harassment, it takes courage to speak out. But it's the only way to protect your rights and your job. Here are some simple tips for dealing with it at the workplace:
1. Contact The Armstrong Law Firm so that we can help Obtain a Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Right to Sue Letter before it is too late. We don't recommend that you do this on your own.
2. The Armstrong Law Firm can help you write a letter or e-mail to a manager so your complaint of sexual harassment is in writing.
3. Make sure it is clear to your harasser that the offensive conduct is unwelcome
4. Keep a journal of all incidents with the dates and details
5. Do not engage in behavior, jokes, or interactions at work that could be used against you
6. Do not drink alcohol with co-workers or managers
7. Obtain a copy of all of your employer's sexual harassment policies, so that The Armstrong Law Firm can determine whether your employer has violated its own policies
8. Make a list of all potential witnesses, they can also be anonymous witnesses
9. If you are experiencing emotional distress communicate your symptoms to your doctor
10. Make an appointment with a psychologist or therapist to begin documenting your emotional distress symptoms
Contact us today. We'll start protecting your rights and your job right away.