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Sexual harassment, unfortunately, affects many employees in the workplace. The California Civil Rights and Fair Employment and Housing Acts both prohibit this sort of activity. If you have experienced workplace sexual harassment in any form, you have a right to seek compensation.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
At Rafii & Associates, P.C., we recognize workplace sexual harassment as the unacceptable act that it is, and we work to help victims protect their rights. As dedicated employment law attorneys, our firm has:
- Recovered more than $100 million for our clients through settlements and offers.
- A commitment to providing our clients with the best representation possible.
- Attorneys who all work with passion, commitment, and dedication on every case that comes our way.
No employee should ever have to experience sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Standing up against sexual harassment in the workplace can be a stressful experience, especially when a supervisor is the one responsible for the harassment. A good sexual harassment attorney will not only fight for your rights but will also provide you with the emotional support you need during such a trying time. Rather than making you stand up to a company or organization alone, your lawyer will have the resources and knowledge to successfully handle your case and work to protect your rights.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
Many times, sexual harassment occurs because people don’t understand that their actions count as harassment. While actions such as unwanted sexual touching and attempts by a superior to engage in sexual behaviors with an employee using a threat or for the promise of employee benefits are easily recognizable, many other types are not as clear.
Aside from physical contact, unwanted sexual comments and jokes constitute harassment, whether they come from a superior or a fellow coworker. Repeated attempts to make unwanted sexual or romantic advances on another employee also count. Harassment can even happen when it’s not direct, but instead creates a hostile environment for employees.
Filing a Sexual Harassment Claim
If you experience workplace sexual harassment, you should first follow any policies in your employer’s sexual harassment policy. While this may be difficult to do if your harasser is your direct superior, you should attempt to report the activity if possible. Afterward, you can work to file a complaint with the appropriate organization, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This will open your complaint for evaluation and formal investigation.
While an attorney is not legally necessary to file your sexual harassment claim, working with one can ensure that you file properly, increasing your chances of an investigation into the matter. Hiring a lawyer at this stage will also help you be ready if your claim is eligible for a lawsuit.
What Damages Can You Recover?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to recover several types of damages:
- Emotional distress and suffering
- Past and future lost pay and benefits, if involved in the harassment
- Punitive damages
If your case involved any medical damages related to the sexual harassment, you may also recover the costs of your past and future treatment in your sexual harassment claim.
Your California Sexual Harassment Attorneys
If you or a coworker has experienced workplace sexual harassment, you don’t need to remain silent. The attorneys of Rafii & Associates, P.C. are here to help you assess your case, file your complaint, and resolve your lawsuit, both in and outside of court. Schedule a free initial consultation to learn your rights and legal options.