Obscene Gestures In The Workplace
Sexual harassment takes many forms, from unwelcome touching to sexual language. Even non-verbal gestures can be sexual harassment when the behavior makes you feel degraded or threatened.
If you have endured obscene gestures in the workplace, The Armstrong Law Firm can take action to protect you from the harasser and hold your employer accountable. We handle sexual harassment cases throughout the Bay Area. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Have You Been The Target Of Obscene Gestures At Work?
Sometimes a co-worker or supervisor is trying to be funny or does not realize that the behavior is offensive. However, non-verbal gestures may constitute sexual harassment if the behavior is sexual in nature and makes you uncomfortable, even if the gestures are not specifically aimed at you.
Examples of sexual gestures that may cross the line into harassment and a hostile work environment:
- Hip thrusts and other sexually suggestive actions
- Hand gestures that simulate sex acts
- Obscene gestures with the lips or tongue
- Simulating groping or touching
- Use of the middle finger in a threatening or sexual way
- Body language used to corner, trap or threaten
- Leering, ogling and suggestive facial expressions
Obscene gestures may be part of a pattern of offensive behavior, or they may be used to silently harass someone without witnesses. It is important to document every instance of such behavior and to report it to the company. Our attorneys can help you establish the basis for a sexual harassment claim so that you get justice for what you have endured.
Talk To Us Today About Sexual Harassment
Have you been exposed to obscene gestures at work in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose or Marin County? We will take the time to listen and vigorously pursue your legal recourse if you have grounds to sue. For a consultation with an employment lawyer at The Armstrong Law Firm, call 415-692-0462 or contact us online.