Sexual Harassment

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“Sexual harassment is never acceptable. You can make it stop!”

Do you believe that you may have suffered sex or gender discrimination? Have you been terminated, harassed, demoted, disciplined, denied promotion, gotten bad performance reviews or forced to quit or fired and believe it was for objecting to sexual harassment? Did you lose your job under suspicious circumstances? Was it undeserved? Are you a good employee? If the answer is “yes,” then you should speak with an attorney right away.

At the Webb Law Firm, we understand how important your job is to you. If you were sexually harassed, you are probably worried, confused and wondering if you have any recourse? Someone has just stolen your dignity, self-esteem, confidence, joy, happiness, and quality of life. Sexual harassment is never acceptable. At our Woodland Hills, California law office, we will help you through this process.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual discrimination and harassment happens to men and to women and can occur between the opposite or same sex. There are Federal, State and local laws prohibiting sex harassment. Their purpose is obvious. Yet, every day, people are fired, denied positions, passed over for promotions and are penalized due to sexual harassment. It is by far the most prevalent form of harassment in the workplace.

Such harassment occurs when an employer, supervisor or co-worker engages in unwelcome sexual advances, sexual conduct or behaviors or makes sexual comments that are offensive creating a “hostile environment,” such as where the sexual conduct had the purpose or effect of interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Harassment may take the form of requests for sexual favors linked to the grant or denial of job benefits, such as getting or retaining a job, or receiving a favorable performance review or promotion, i.e. a supervisor relies upon his apparent or actual authority to extort sexual favors from an employee. Retaliation for protesting sex harassment is also prohibited.

What are examples of Sexual Harassment?

The most common methods of harassment may be: bothersome attentions, verbal and physical conduct, of both a sexual or nonsexual nature; lewd acts, or sexual advances; derogatory remarks, slurs, or epithets; physical gestures, ranging from harassing with his or her ‘eyes,’ to obstructing movement, to physically touching or assault; displaying inappropriate explicit pictures, posters, drawings, or cartoons of a sexual nature; derogatory comments about women (using terms such as “whore,” “bitch” and vulgar discussions of women’s anatomy), together with pornographic images; and even rape.

Once the employer learns about sexual harassment, they must take immediate action designed both to stop it and to deter future harassment. The following is just one example:                                                                          

Confidential – Jane Doe v. Dr. No Good/Local Hospital

Into my office walks a young attractive woman in her 20’s, seeming unaware of her natural beauty and easy charm.  After speaking with her for just a few minutes, it was evident to see that she was highly educated and articulate, but very down to earth. As we began to delve deeper into her case is when I noticed her emotional pain and anxiety increasing as she was explaining and reliving the past few months.

Her Employer, a prominent local plastic surgeon had been sexually harassing her, a registered nurse, for months. He used explicit sexual comments and continually remarked about the size of her breasts (further details omitted). When she denied him his advances, his behavior towards her became belligerent and cruel. He began demeaning her in front of her peers; unfairly criticizing her work performance, often during operating room procedures as his patients lie unconscious on the table.

Unbeknownst to anyone, she was struggling with demons from her past, the victim of a brutal rape.  The Doctor’s continued harassment took a toll on her self-esteem.  She began to feel guilty, she questioned that somehow she might be responsible for his bad behavior.  She felt so alone, disgusted by his remarks that resonated in her brain, that she took vacation time, to undergo a breast reduction surgery, in an attempt to make her unattractive to men.

We were asked to stop this man’s cruel assaults on her psychological well-being; she couldn’t stand it anymore — We did.

There are many cases like this out there. Many have suffered in silence.

In another case:

John, a waiter was a recent employee to the restaurant. John is not a homosexual. One of the Shift Managers who openly called himself “gay” began to harass John.  The manager began by telling jokes and stories about gays and lesbians to any/all employees who would listen to him.  In front of all the other employees, the manager began to single out John and his jokes were at John’s expense. He constantly ridiculed, teased and embarrassed John at every opportunity saying he should “come over to the other side.” Often in the kitchen area, the Manager would confront John by moving very close to him, whispering obscene explicit sexual comments about the type of things he would like to do to John.  John rebuked the manager’s advances, but he did not report him, as he was afraid of losing his job.  The manager’s behavior escalated. He began touching John on his buttocks and caressing him as he passed by. John was so repulsed by the manager’s behavior, that he decided he had to quit his job.

This is an example of “reverse” sexual harassment, male on male. It is also a violation of the sex discrimination and harassment laws.

Another example is a “reverse discrimination” case of female on male:

John Doe was a handsome young man, who was hired by a major national company, right out of college.  He expected this to be his career job, as the promotional ladder provided for excellent opportunities and a substantial retirement package.  John was assigned to a high seniority female manager, late 40’s, attractive but not John’s type and much too old for him. Rumor had it, she was difficult to work for but had unmitigated access to top management, pleasing his new boss could assure John success at this company.

Her managerial style was abrasive and demanding which did nothing for the morale of her department.  John, a conscientious worker tried hard to keep up with his overwhelming workload and his boss’ unreasonable demands. It became commonplace at the end of the workday, for his Boss to make an excuse why John had to stay late.  After his co-workers would leave for the day, only John and his boss would continue working late into the night.

Soon, after hours, his boss’ behavior changed, she began to come on to John; her seduction was subtle but clear.  She began by kicking off her high heels, showing off her legs to him, asking him to rub her sore feet. While John would be working at his desk, pretending to review his work, she would walk up behind him, lean in over his shoulders, making sure that her breasts were visible and made contact, then began brushing herself up against John’s neck and back. Afraid for his job, he tried to ignore her advances; John felt his only options were to quit his dream job. To complain meant blacklisting and the end of his career. He needed the advise of an experience employment lawyer.

We Work to Uncover the Real Facts

There are thousands of reasons causing sexual harassment, and other wrongful acts. The employer’s true motive is a determining factor in deciding if it was illegal or wrongful in the eyes of the law. As your California wrongful termination lawyers, we will look beyond what your employer claimed was the reason for termination and investigate the true motives.

Our allegiance is to employees who have been wrongfully treated by their employers whether corporations, government or private enterprises. Our job is to get the truth out about what happened to you. To reveal to everyone necessary the real reasons exactly why you have been harmed.

At the Webb Law Firm we can help you determine what course of legal action is best for you. The law provides that employees “shall be granted all relief necessary to make the employee whole.” Depending on your situation, your employer may owe you for lost wages, benefits, quality of life, mental suffering, litigation costs, attorney fees, and more depending on the unique circumstances of your case, which may include reinstatement. So let’s talk!

If you or someone you know has suffered some type of injustice at work, we want to help you and while doing so be a voice for positive change – it will help deter future misconduct. Employers control the work environment, as a matter of law it is their responsibility. We are Employment Law Experts with a winning track record of protecting working families and holding employers accountable for workplace violations.

Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation

Whenever possible, we handle cases on a contingency fee basis, our assurance that we believe in you and your case. We are confident that we can successfully recover for your harm and if we don’t win you don’t have to pay us one penny for our attorney fees. We are committed against injustice by those in powerful positions and to holding them accountable for injury or harm to innocent victims.

 

“Sexual harassment
It won’t end until you do something about it,
So lets talk – we are here to help!”