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Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney

Nobody should have to put up with any kind of sexual harassment in the workplace. However, at Rise Law Firm, we know that this type of behavior is all too common. The #MeToo movement has put a spotlight on how prevalent sexual harassment is in the workplace, and we are here to help anyone who has been the victim of this type of behavior. Our Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys will get to work investigating your case immediately in order to secure the compensation you deserve.

Why choose Rise Law Firm to help?

When dealing with an issue as serious as sexual harassment in the workplace, you need an attorney with extensive employment law experience. Rise Law Firm is ready to handle every aspect of your claim.

  • We are dedicated to representing and fighting for individuals against their current and former employers. No matter the situation, we will fight for the employee’s rights.
  • Our attorneys are well known for handling high profile matters and have secured verdicts against major companies, government entities, and celebrities concerning employment matters.
  • We have represented clients from all walks of life and at every level of employment, from minimum wage workers to high profile executives, and everything in between.

What will an attorney do for your case?

It can be incredibly difficult to prove sexual harassment claims arising from the workplace. In many cases, victims of sexual harassment do not have the resources to conduct a full investigation, prove that sexual harassment occurred, and secure full compensation. A Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney will have legal experience and resources necessary to handle every aspect of the claim. This includes working through the court system to obtain documents related to the case. An attorney will speak to eyewitnesses involved and take depositions in order to prove the harassment.

Importantly, an attorney will handle all communication and negotiation with other parties involved to secure fair compensation and obtain justice for the victims of sexual harassment.

What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for employers to allow anybody to be sexually harassed at work, regardless of that person’s sex, gender, or sexual orientation. This law applies to all employers.

California law has additional protections in place regarding sexual harassment. State law specifies that all workers, including independent contractors, volunteers, and interns, are afforded protections from sexual harassment behaviors. State law also specifies that employers must take steps to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place, which means, at minimum, having a written policy in place pertaining to sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment in the workplace takes many different forms. Here, we want to review some of the most common ways this behavior takes place.

  • Physical harassment. This is perhaps the most well-known type of sexual harassment and can include the following: unwanted touching, kissing or unwanted hugging, patting or stroking behaviors, unwanted massaging, standing too closely to somebody, brushing up against a person continuously, and more.
  • Verbal harassment. This type of sexual harassment revolves around comments that are often made in the workplace that could be derogatory or demeaning. This can include a coworker calling someone by a nickname such as “sweetheart,” “sexy,” “baby,” and more. It can also include comments that are inappropriate and unwanted about the way someone is dressed or how good they look.
  • Non-verbal harassment. This can include tactics designed to intimidate somebody, such as standing in a doorway, making sexual gestures, staring at somebody, winking at a person, and more.
  • Requests or threats. This type of sexual harassment could include a request for sexual favors in exchange for benefits such as raises or promotions. This can also include the threat of demotion or termination for not providing sexual favors.

Retaliation for reporting sexual harassment

Title VII also makes it illegal for an employer or coworker to retaliate against somebody for speaking out against or reporting sexual harassment or for participating in an investigation or legal action related to sexual harassment in the workplace. In these instances, retaliation could include:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Demotion
  • Pay cuts or a reduction in hours
  • Receiving an assignment to a different shift, position, or location
  • Receiving new or additional duties
  • Being asked to take time off without payment
  • Not being provided with training opportunities
  • Being denied a promotion

Time limits to file claims

It is important to note that there are strict deadlines in place for filing complaints about sexual harassment. In states that have their own sexual harassment or discrimination laws in place, including California, the deadline to file a claim is 300 days from the “last act” of harassment that took place. If a complainant receives a “right-to-sue” notice from the EEOC or state regulatory agencies involved, there is a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit. Please seek assistance from my Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney to ensure that all deadlines are met.

How much will an attorney cost in a sexual harassment case?

At Rise Law Firm, we know the individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace may be in a tough financial situation, particularly if they have lost their job. That is why we are proud to take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not have to pay a dime in out-of-pocket expenses related to their case. Each client that we take will only pay legal fees after we secure the compensation they deserve through a favorable settlement or verdict. We do not believe that anyone who experiences sexual harassment in the workplace should be barred from securing justice and compensation because they cannot afford an attorney.

What kind of compensation is available?

If you or somebody you love as experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, you need to seek legal assistance from a skilled attorney immediately. At Rise Law Firm, our team is ready to investigate every aspect of your claim. You may be entitled to various types of compensation, including the following:

  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Reinstatement to your job or position
  • Compensation for counseling (if necessary)
  • Possible punitive damages against the employer or those involved in the harassment

When you need a Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 310-728-6588.