Sexual Harassment Claims
If you are subjected to sexually harassing or demeaning conduct at the workplace, you should talk to a Pasadena Sexual Harassment Attorney to learn your rights. There are laws that protect employees from such behavior and you may be entitled to significant compensation.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment
A common misunderstanding about sexual harassment is that any offensive or degrading comment may constitute illegal harassment. However, to be illegal, the level of harassment generally must be so severe as to create an intimidating or hostile work environment. A court will look at a reasonable person’s standard to determine if this line is crossed.
Given this high standard, you should know that a one-time insult or off-hand remark typically may not constitute illegal harassment. On the other hand, pervasive name-calling, degrading comments, and general intimidating work environment may rise to the status of illegal harassment. Because illegal harassment is so fact-specific, you will want to discuss your case with an attorney.
Who May Commit Sexual Harassment
In the media, you usually see the boss portrayed as the sexual harasser. The typical scenario may involve a male boss committing the illegal act against a female subordinate. In reality, you should know that almost any employee (and even non-employees) may commit harassment regardless of gender. For example, your co-workers may create a hostile work environment, a customer may make harassing remarks, and even a subordinate can commit a harassing act.
Liability for Harassment
Employers are usually liable for sexual harassment in two situations:
- Negative Employment Action. This type of liability typically arises when a person of power harasses a subordinate. The superior may engage in harassment and threaten termination or some other punishment if the subordinate does not agree or complains about the harassment.
- Failure to Correct Problem. Employers have the duty to address and correct harassing situations. If your employer is aware of harassing conduct and does nothing to resolve it, the employer may be liable.
Contact a Pasadena Sexual Harassment Attorney
You will want to consult with an experienced attorney if you believe you have been subject to sexual harassment. These claims can be very fact-specific and an attorney can help review the facts of your case and weigh your options. To get started, contact a Pasadena Sexual Harassment Lawyer at The Paul S. Norris Law Firm by calling 626-993-4415.