Sexual harassment remains far too common in the workplace. Unfortunately many feel that there is nothing they can do about the situation and believe they must choose between their job or their dignity. The fact is that both federal and California law protect women and men who find themselves being subjected to unwelcome sexual advances. If you find yourself being subjected to such conduct then you have options. Our Santa Ana attorneys protect workers from sexual harassment and are aggressive in doing so. Our lawyers also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Orange County lawyers representing those bringing a sexual harassment claim in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and elsewhere
Sexual harassment occurs when one subjects a co-worker, colleague, or employee to unwelcome advances or other sexually related conduct. While it is not a violation to say, ask someone out on a date, it is a violation to repeatedly make advances after someone has said no. Common forms of harassment include:
- Been fired from a job or denied a promotion after rejecting a supervisor’s sexual advances
- Been inappropriately touched, sexually assaulted, or been the subject of lewd comments in the workplace
- Been routinely subjected to sexist comments, jokes, coarse language, or unwanted emails
- Been routinely subjected to a supervisor or co-worker’s unwanted sexual advances
If such conduct occurs it is possible, under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), to hold the harassing individual personally liable. The employer will be strictly liable for acts of supervisors and may also be liable for the acts of lower level employees if they did not take reasonable steps to prevent the conduct.
The first step in bringing a sexual harassment or gender discrimination case is to file an FEHA complaint with the appropriate administrative agencies. If the agency cannot resolve the issue then the Plaintiff will receive a letter saying they have the right to sue the employer. A Complaint will then be filed with the Court to initiate a case. Discovery will then be used to acquire evidence of whether the employer knew the harassment was occurring, steps taken to prevent such conduct, and whether the offending person had a history of similar incidents. After a trial the jury will decide which parties should be held liable and the extent to which they will have to pay damages. Having an attorney to assist you with this process can greatly improve your chances.
Our Orange County lawyers aggressively protect the rights of those who have been harassed in the workplace. We will use your initial consultation to hear what happened and to let you know if you have a claim. We will assist you through the administrative process and quickly initiate a lawsuit should the matter not be resolved. Our firm will use all available tools to gain evidence such as workplace handbooks, internal documents, employee records, and other information showing the extent to which the company knew what was occurring. At trial we will tell the jury of the conduct which occurred, explain how it made you feel, and argue for the maximum amount of compensation. We understand that you have been subjected to a horrible situation and we are here to help.
Our attorneys service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Understanding attorneys for Santa Ana employees who have been sexually harassed
If you have been sexually harassed in the workplace then you have been subjected to a degrading experience. Our attorneys attempt to bring a sense of understanding so that you can move on. We will make ourselves available to answer your questions, we will quickly respond to your phone calls and emails, and we will ensure that you know what to expect as the case moves forward. We will focus on this area of the law so that you may focus on getting your life back on track.