Employees are entitled to work in a safe environment without the fear of being harassed or sexually assaulted by their manager or other higher-ups. Sadly, this is exactly the case for countless women and men throughout Long Beach and Southern California. Sexual harassment and any type of misconduct not only affect the work environment but also a person’s life and wellbeing. Many victims suffer in silence and take the trauma of the situation with them for many years to come even if they or the accuser is no longer with the company. You may not be able to concentrate on the task at hand and may even fall into a depression.
You should not have to suffer in silence and liable parties should be reprimanded for their actions. For over 20 years, Matthew A. Kaufman and his legal team have represented men and women throughout Long Beach to obtain compensation for being victimized by an employee. If you are a victim or witness sexual harassment in the workplace it is time to speak up and hold employers liable. Contact our Long Beach sexual harassment attorneys to discuss your situation and determine the best course of action.
Sexual harassment in the workplace not only affects the victim but the entire work environment. Other employees will be extremely uncomfortable and some may wonder if they could be next. The topic of sexual harassment covers many different avenues including suggestive verbal advances to unwanted touching. Some aspects that need to be considered that can constitute sexual harassment are as follows:
Sexual harassment can be prevented and avoided. Employees are often too afraid to speak up. While this is understandable, effective communication is key to keeping the workplace free of sexual harassment. Whistleblowers or employees who report the actions can be a major asset to ridding the workplace of sexual harassment. Reporting it is a crucial step, because if the actions go unreported then no repercussions will be dealt with.
This point emphasizes the importance of taking action when you believe you have been the victim of workplace sexual harassment. By ensuring those responsible for committing sexual harassment or allowing it to continue being held accountable, you are protecting your coworkers and employees from being victimized in the future. Although there are unfortunate exceptions, often, sexual harassment in the workplace tends to become less common when it’s clearly demonstrated that those who engage in it or ignore it instead of putting a stop to the behavior will face real consequences.
Again, sexual harassment in the workplace does not need to involve direct unwanted sexual contact. A wide variety of actions, behaviors, and even attitudes can qualify as examples of sexual harassment.
For instance, workplace sexual harassment may consist of:
Those are just a few examples. If you are not sure whether the behavior of a coworker, supervisor, or anyone else with whom you work is a genuine example of sexual harassment, discuss your case with a Long Beach sexual harassment lawyer.
It may be possible to address some instances of workplace sexual harassment through your employer’s HR department. However, it is important to understand that there is no such thing as “minor” sexual harassment. Even when someone’s behavior doesn’t appear to be extreme enough to warrant taking legal action, you must be aware that when those who commit sexual harassment in the workplace do not face significant consequences for their actions, it is not uncommon for them to escalate, engaging in even more inappropriate behavior.
This is one of many reasons to strongly consider reviewing your case with the experts at a Long Beach sexual harassment law firm if you have reason to suspect HR will not address the issue sufficiently, or if you have already spoken with HR but little action has been taken.
A legal expert with experience representing victims of workplace sexual harassment in the Long Beach area will review your case and determine if you have grounds to take legal action. They will also answer any questions you may have to ensure you thoroughly understand what you should and should not do to strengthen your claim.
Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you can make all the difference in your claim. We will be able to negotiate on your behalf and help you get through the legal process effectively. Our Long Beach sexual harassment attorneys will help compile, complete and file any necessary paperwork for your claim. If you are experiencing a hostile work environment due to sexual harassment it is time to take action. Do not continue to suffer in silence. Contact The Kaufman Law Firm online today or call us at 818-990-1999 to schedule an initial case evaluation and determine the best course of action depending on the details of your circumstances.
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.