Sacramento Sexual Harassment Attorney
We Represent Workers in Sexual Harassment Claims in California
At Newman Law Group, LLP, our Sacramento sexual harassment attorneys are experienced, reliable advocates for justice. No employee should ever be forced to endure sexual harassment by a business owner, supervisor, co-worker, or client/customer. If you or your loved one was subject to sexual harassment while on the job, professional legal representation is a must.
Sexual Harassment Remains a Serious Problem
Sexual harassment is a serious problem. According to a recent study cited by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), approximately 40% of women and 15% of men report that they have personally experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Though, as sexual harassment is widely believed to be chronically underreported, the true prevalence of sexual harassment may be even higher than that
For a completely confidential, no-obligation consultation with a California workplace harassment attorney, please do not hesitate to contact Newman Law Group, LLP today.
Know the Laws that Protect Employees Against Sexual Harassment
There are federal and state laws in place that protects workers against sexual harassment. The laws that apply depend primarily on the size of the employer. Sexual harassment is barred by:
- Federal Law: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual harassment as a form of sex-based discrimination. The statute applies to business and non-profit entities with 15 or more full-time and part-time workers on staff.
- State Law: The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also prohibits sexual harassment as a form of sex-based discrimination. It covers many employers in the Sacramento area that are not covered by Title VII. FEHA applies to businesses and organizations with five or more employees.
Sexual harassment laws are gender-neutral. Both female and male employees are protected against sexual harassment in the workplace. Further, the laws cover sexual harassment by any perpetrator. A woman can unlawfully harass another woman, and a man can unlawfully harass another man.
Understanding the Two Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment comes in a wide range of different forms. Indeed, all workplace sexual harassment claims are highly fact-specific. A careful investigation is needed to determine exactly what happened. At the same time, sexual harassment cases fit into two broad categories. Here is an overview of the two different types of sexual harassment:
- Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment: Quid pro quo sexual harassment is a type of harassment that occurs when an employee is offered something in exchange for sexual favors. The employee may be offered a benefit (raise, promotion, etc.) or threatened with punishment (demotion, termination, etc.). Both circumstances are examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment. Notably, quid pro quo sexual harassment is typically perpetrated by supervisors.
- Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment: The second category of sexual harassment is actually more common. It is known as hostile work environment sexual harassment. Hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome and unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that would make it difficult for an ordinary and reasonable person to do their job comfortably.
Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment: Severe or Pervasive
Hostile work environment sexual harassment claims are complex. To prove hostile work environment sexual harassment in California, an employee must establish that they were subject to sexual harassment that was so severe or so pervasive that it would make a reasonable worker feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe.
In some cases, hostile work environment sexual harassment involves many “small” incidents that would not be sexual harassment on their own. For example, persistent and unwanted “jokes.” In other cases, a hostile work environment sexual harassment claim is based on a single severe incident of unwelcome/unwanted conduct.
Workers Have the Right to Report Sexual Harassment Without Facing Retaliation
Were you subject to sexual harassment in the workplace in Sacramento? You should be able to report the matter—either informally or formally—without fearing that you will be punished by your employer. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who engage in protected activities. Complaining about sexual harassment is a protected activity on Title VII and FEHA.
Retaliation occurs when an employee is punished for engaging in a lawfully protected activity. As an example, imagine that a female office worker in Sacramento was sexually harassed by a supervisor. She complained about the harassment to the business owner. A few weeks later, she was terminated from her position. If she can prove that she was fired, at least in part, because she reported sexual harassment, she would have a retaliation claim.
Why Employees Rely on the California Harassment Attorneys at Newman Law Group, LLP
There are few things more difficult to deal with than facing sexual harassment in the workplace. Not only can it interfere with your ability to do your job, but sexual harassment can also cause deep mental, emotional, and physical trauma. At Newman Law Group, LLP, we are committed to advocating for the rights and interests of employees who were mistreated on the job. When you reach out to our law firm, you be able to connect with a Sacramento employment law attorney who can:
- Listen to your story and answer questions during a strictly confidential consultation;
- Investigate the matter—gathering evidence to support a sexual harassment claim;
- Take care of the legal paperwork and represent you in any settlement talks; and
- Develop a comprehensive strategy focused on securing justice and maximum damages.
Contact Our Sacramento, CA Harassment Attorneys for Help
Our Sacramento employment attorneys have the skills, experience, and legal knowledge to take on all types of workplace sexual harassment claims. If you were subject to quid pro quo sexual harassment or hostile work environment sexual harassment, our legal team is here to protect your rights. We represent sexual harassment victims in Sacramento and throughout North Central California.
Call Newman Law Group, LLP today at (916) 352-3224 today for a fully private, no-obligation initial consultation.
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