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Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Pasadena

Fighting to Protect Victims of Workplace Misconduct in California

Sexual harassment is illegal in the workplace, considered a form of gender discrimination with protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA. Despite this, many workers are subjected to it every day, often fearing retaliation or termination if they fight back.

Feeling safe at work is important. Those who make unwanted sexual advances not only harm your ability to feel safe, but they also harm the workplace environment. It is in the best interests of both you and your employer that these inappropriate behaviors are stopped.

For nearly 20 years, Mark Charles Law has been holding responsible parties accountable for their actions by fighting aggressively to obtain justice. When you turn to Mark Charles Law, you can work with a Pasadena sexual harassment attorney who is prepared to take cases to trial to secure the best chance of success.

Have you been sexually harassed in your workplace? Call (626) 788-5051 now to speak with Mark Charles Law in Pasadena, CA for a free consultation about your case.

What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) defines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances that can include visual, verbal, or physical contact as a result of the desire for sex or due to a person’s gender. No matter who you are, sexual harassment is against employment law.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Threats after a negative response to sexual advances
  • Leering
  • Sexual gestures
  • Displaying suggestive images
  • Derogatory comments or jokes
  • Verbal commentary about a person’s body
  • Obscene letters, text messages or photographs
  • Physical contact

Pursuing a Sexual Harassment Case in California

If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, your first step is to speak with Human Resources about the situation. Make sure to save all documentation. If your employer fails to take action to correct the offending behavior, you may have a legal case. You may be entitled to monetary damages to help recover from lost wages, benefits, and emotional distress as a result of these actions.

California law recognizes two different types of sexual harassment:

  • Hostile work environment: An employer knowingly allows a hostile or offensive work environment based on sex and the employee is adversely affected
  • Quid Pro Quo: Sexual favors are demanded by someone in charge, such as a supervisor or a manager, as a condition of employment

A single instance of quid pro quo harassment can be grounds for a lawsuit, and employers can be found legally liable for the actions of a supervisor committing this act. In contrast, a hostile work environment case most be proven to be frequent or pervasive, and employers would only be held liable if a supervisor was a perpetrator or if they knew about the situation and did not take preventative steps.

Holding California Employers Accountable

One notable case our team has handled was with a client who worked at a Fortune 500 company. After suffering through stalking, humiliation, unrelenting phone calls, text messages, and photographs, she was on the verge of quitting. After retaining Mark Charles Law, she properly reported the case to Human Resources and stood up for her rights. Since she was no longer comfortable returning to her job, we worked out a settlement with the company that allowed her to move on with her life.

Retain an Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Pasadena Today

With more and more people coming forward to hold employers accountable for sexual harassment, the definition of sexual harassment and the application of laws are changing. The goal remains the same: protect employers from the actions of their co-workers and employers to maintain a fair workplace for all. Work with a skilled employment lawyer in Pasadena who seeks to make a difference in our client’s lives and help get them on the right track.

Discuss your case in a free consultation with Mark Charles Law by calling (626) 788-5051. We regularly represent victims of sexual harassment in Los Angeles County and can proudly stand up for your rights.

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