Help For Victims Of Sexual Harassment At Work
As a victim of sexual harassment, you may have conflicting emotions. You may feel anger, disgust and a loss of self-esteem. At the same time, you also may be anxious about the possibility of losing your job, getting a poor performance review or being demoted.
This is especially true if the owner or manager of the company where you work is the person harassing you. But the encouraging news is this: it is possible to take effective legal action with help from a proven law firm led by a highly regarded female attorney.
At The Armstrong Law Firm, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients in employment law cases. Founding attorney Kelly Armstrong has been included in the California Super Lawyers list and has successfully handled many high-profile cases.
We encourage you to give us a call today to discuss your particular situation. With offices in San Francisco, Sausalito and Oakland, we serve clients in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.
Client testimonial: “I was sexually harassed by my boss for years. I complained many times, but the company never took my complaints seriously. They laughed and ignored it. I was terrified of losing my job and not being able to support my family, so I felt I had to live with the harassment for many years. When I finally couldn’t take it anymore, I made a formal, written complaint. It was one of the most traumatic work experiences I’ve ever had. The company went out of their way to make me very uncomfortable. That’s when I called The Armstrong Law Firm. They helped me through one of the most difficult experiences of my life and negotiated an excellent resolution for me so I could leave the company and start another, better job. I am so thankful.”
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What Is Sexual Harassment And What Can You Do About It?
The law recognizes two kinds of sexual harassment:
- Hostile work environment : This harassment usually involves being forced to work in the presence of sexually explicit emails, pictures, pornography, lewd jokes and other sexually offensive behavior. A combination of individual comments or actions, even if not directed at you specifically, may create what is called a hostile work environment. Working under those types of conditions can constitute sexual harassment, and we can help you take the appropriate action.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment : If continued employment, a promotion or fair treatment on the job depends on a sexual or personal relationship with a manager or person in a position of power, that demand clearly represents quid pro quo sexual harassment. The types of activity that constitute quid pro quo sexual harassment range from sexual assault and battery to more subtle forms of conduct, such as requesting dates in exchange for a pay raise or inappropriate touching.
Laws Against Sexual Harassment
Both federal and California state laws prohibit sexual harassment.
In California, if a manager engages in sex harassment against an employee under his or her direct supervision, the company may be held strictly liable. Furthermore, employers cannot retaliate against you because you complain about sexual harassment.
We know how sensitive these cases are and encourage you to learn more about the approach we take to protect your interests effectively. Our attorneys are also very familiar with the high-pressure dynamics facing workers in San Francisco and throughout Northern California.