Sexual Harassment Attorneys in San Diego
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What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual advance or conduct at work that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Any conduct of a sexual nature that makes an employee uncomfortable has the potential to be sexual harassment. Given this broad definition, it is not surprising that sexual harassment comes in many forms.
In recent years, a new spotlight has drawn toward sexual harassment – especially when it occurs in the workplace. What’s been revealed by renewed attention toward this employment-based injustice is a greater need to hold employers and coworkers accountable when they’re responsible for committing or enabling any kind of sexual harassment of another coworker.
Sexual harassment can look like any of the following and much more:
- Inappropriate and unwanted statements
- Unwanted physical contact
- Quid pro quo (offering professional favors for sex-related favors)
- Sexual assault
California law also provides that any sexually harassing conduct doesn’t have to be motivated by sexual desire to be defined as such.
Sexual harassment is illegal when it is so often and severe that it creates a hostile envirment and the victim is fired or demoted. The harasser can be a supervisor, employer, co-worker, a client or a customer.
If you’ve endured sexual harassment at work of any kind, the attorneys at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP understand that it’s difficult for you to feel like you can come forward about this issue. Our attorneys, however, can help you hold an employer or coworker accountable for the physical and emotional pain they caused. Doing so now can help someone in the future or others now if you believe there are other victims that a class action lawsuit can identify.
Consult in confidence with a sexual harassment attorney in San Diego who wants to help. At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, we won’t share the details of your complaint with anyone unless you think it’s time to challenge your employer.
Who Can Be Sexually Harassed at Work?
Sexual harassment may disproportionately impact women more than men, but the latter and those who identify as members of the LGBTQ community can just as well become victims of sexual misconduct at work. Essentially, anyone can become a victim. Equally so, perpetrators of sexual harassment can be anyone, too.
Removing the stereotype of what sexual harassment looks like in the public’s imagination and what it legally is can also be critical to understanding that no touching has to be involved for it to occur.
The following and more are examples of non-physical sexual harassment:
- Persistent unwanted advances
- Commenting on someone’s appearance, body, or real or imagined sexual activity
- Requesting sexual favors
- Displaying offensive photos or drawings
- Using sexual gestures
It’s the Employer’s Responsibility
Even if the sexual harassment isn’t coming from a supervisor or someone high up in the company, your employer is responsible for preventing it in the first place. Employers often do this by requiring special trainings or reading materials of newly hired employees and continuing such efforts on an ongoing basis.
If your employer has no such training in place, contact a sexual harassment attorney in San Diego immediately – and especially if you experienced harassment from another coworker. Haeggquist & Eck, LLP is prepared to help you confront the parties responsible and help you reach a settlement that works for you. If no such agreement can be made, our attorneys will fiercely fight for you in court and work fearlessly toward getting you the best possible outcome from a jury.
At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, we take sexual harassment claims from potential and current clients seriously. Contact us online to receive a free case evaluation from an attorney who can help.
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