Sexual Harassment On The Job

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Actdefines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment encompasses several forms of offensive behavior, including harassment of an employee who is the same gender as the harasser. Under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, unlawful sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Offering benefits in exchange for sexual action
  • Threatening employee’s job after a negative response to sexual advances
  • Lewd gestures
  • Unwelcome sexual advances
  • Crude sexual jokes and comments
  • Sexual commentary about an employee’s body
  • Unwanted touching of employee
  • Failure to correct harassment in the workplace
  • Retaliation for reporting harassment
  • Co-worker affairs

Most employers have a company policy prohibiting the types of sexual harassment outlined above and the law generally requires that employee’s make a good faith effort to resolve complaints related to sexual harassment within that company policy. It is also extremely important for employees who are victims of such harassment to carefully document such experiences.

Contact Our California Sexual Harassment Lawyers

If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment on the job, the Cunningham Law, APC can discuss the facts of the case with you, explain the law, and often times represent you in a lawsuit against your former employer.  Contact us at (951) 213-4786 for a free consultation with a California Sexual Harassment lawyer about your case.