Objectified because of their outward appearance, women constantly clock into workplaces where they’re mistreated sexually, albeit by ‘catcalls’ or being ‘felt up’. Equally, as enterprising, worthy as leaders, and promotable, conservative estimates prove sexual harassment against women is still as alive today as it was 50 years ago. With 75% of all known cases going unreported out of fear of retaliation, the ridiculously high likelihood women of tomorrow are harassed in the workplace suggests more work needs to be done.
The Kaufman Law Firm, advocates of equal rights and aggressive litigants of sexual harassment claims, have handled many claims where women feared terrible repercussions if they reported unwarranted sexual advances to constituents, supervisors, or human resources. We provide an aggressive sexual harassment attorney in Thousand Oaks women and men know will fight in their corner until justice is served. Contact us to learn more about what a Thousand Oaks sexual harassment attorney can do for you.
Women who fear approaching immediate supervisors are often of the belief suing their employers for sexual harassment will result in them facing the consequences, instead of the perpetrators being held accountable. For instance, they may worry that their employers will retaliate by firing them, or that they might struggle to find work with other companies in the future because they’ll have cultivated a reputation for being ‘difficult.’
These are understandable concerns. However, they should not prevent the victims of workplace sexual harassment in Thousand Oaks (or anywhere else) from taking necessary action when coworkers, supervisors, or anyone else with whom they work has behaved inappropriately. True, there may be extensive media coverage if the corporation is popular, but women should never fear reporting wrongdoing, particularly when it is of a sexually inappropriate nature.
Some instances of sexual harassment in the workplace are obvious and clear. For instance, there is little question that someone is engaging in sexual harassment if they grope or fondle another person in the workplace.
Other instances of workplace sexual harassment sometimes go overlooked because victims may not be certain they genuinely qualify as inappropriate sexual behavior. Examples include the following:
This is by no means an exhaustive list. It’s simply meant to demonstrate how sexual harassment at work can take many forms. If you are not sure whether you have been the victim of sexual harassment, review your case with a Thousand Oaks sexual harassment lawyer. They will answer your questions and explain your legal options.
Taking legal action in these circumstances is not merely for your own benefit. Ensuring those who perpetuate sexual harassment or those who allow it to continue by ignoring it are held accountable reduces the odds of sexual harassment continuing to be a problem in your workplace. This, in turn, protects your coworkers and future employees from being victimized as you have been.
One major hitch in getting cases into court may involve whether the victim attempted to file, or successfully filed, an internal complaint. Company policy may require such, which is exactly what some women fear. Legally actionable harassment, however, does require proper filing with agencies outside of your attorney; not that victims’ claims are illegitimate unless they follow the chain of command, but the more agencies involved in claims, the better off other silent victims may be.
We’re aggressive in litigating claims for victims of sexual assault and similar crimes. Locally, the sexual harassment attorney Thousand Oaks men and women rely on for accurate litigation and vicious negotiation is The Kaufman Law Firm. Consult with our firm if you’re scared of any serious ramifications of reporting incidents directly to HR, EEOC, or FEHA, and we’ll do whatever it takes to assist in perfecting your claim.
You may believe your first course of action should be to work with HR to address sexual harassment in the workplace. Coordinating with your employer’s HR department may be wise. You can strengthen your claim by showing that you took the instances of sexual harassment seriously enough to notify HR promptly.
However, this does not mean you can always rely on HR to assist you in resolving this matter. For various reasons, a HR department may fail to sufficiently handle issues such as these. To protect yourself and optimize your claim, strongly consider enlisting the help of an experienced Thousand Oaks sexual harassment attorney.
In an EEOC 2015 case study, anywhere between 25% to 85% of women working in America have endured some form of sexual harassment. When a major governing body gives a 60% spread in statistics, it usually means so many cases exist that guessing is their best recourse. That’s up to 9 out of every 10 working women, in some form, are inappropriately touched, talked to (or about), or outright raped. Unacceptable.
With our Thousand Oaks sexual harassment attorney working on your case, getting to the bottom of your claim is mandatory for us. Because not another minute of your nightmare needs to continue.
If you’ve been victimized by male or female coworkers’ sexual advances, there’s no better time than now to end it. The Kaufman Law Firm wants to speak with you immediately, at no initial cost. You may be entitled to compensation based on lost wages and pain and suffering.
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.