Sexual Harassment At Any Age

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Denis ZilberbergApril 26, 2019Sexual Harassment

As parents, there is nothing more concerning than the life of your children. You do all you can to make sure that your children feel safe and protected. At home, you may monitor their social media use or you may keep an eye on what shows they watch. You may prevent your child from using cell phones, laptops, or Ipads at the dinner table. You do everything you can to make sure that your child is not feeling the impact of social media bullying. On the other hand, you want your child to feel a sense of independence. You want your child to take life seriously and get work experience. Teenagers can start working at the age of 14. This means that they are working with adults. Even though you hope the workplace considers their age and impression of being a young worker, that isn’t always the case.

The truth is employment for young people is just the same as anyone else. It is good to encourage your child to take responsibility for their finances, but at the end of the day, they are exposed to adult workspaces which can be good and bad. Our Westlake Village sexual harassment attorneys at The Kaufman Law Firm want you to know that sexual harassment is not absent from a workplace just because young teens work there. Teenagers are just as susceptible to sexual harassment in the workplace like any other adult. If you suspect that your child is sexually harassed at work then you need the assistance of our Westlake Village sexual harassment attorneys.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

There are rules and regulations regarding the elements of sexual harassment. The definition of California’s sexual harassment is “unwanted sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser.” Included in this definition are 5 ways in which a person can be harassed:

  1. Visual conduct such as leering, sexual gestures, cartoons, posters, etc
  2. Verbal conduct such as derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, jokes or any verbal suggestions about the body or sexually degrading words
  3. Physical conduct such as touching, assault, blocking movements, or impeding movements
  4. Employment benefits in exchange for sexual behaviors
  5. Retaliatory behavior due to the negative response to sexual advances

When people think about workplace sexual harassment they tend to think about office spaces with adults not workspaces with teenagers. Someone who is willing to sexually harass anyone of any age can be working next to your teenager or adults.

What To Do

Talk to your teenagers about the dangers of sexual harassment. If they or you suspect this behavior then seek legal assistance. We can help protect your child from sexual harassment. We can make sure that the workplace is held accountable. At any age, no one should have to deal with such personal problems in the workplace. Call 310-981-3404 or click here to speak with our professional staff at the Westlake Village, The Kaufman Law Firm today.



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