Sexual Harassment

Stockton Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of Sexual Harassment Victims

Sexual harassment is more than an uncomfortable situation. It is a violation of your basic human rights. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment at work, you should not have to go through it alone. 

Our Stockton sexual harassment lawyers at Polaris Law Group are here to help you seek justice and compensation for your losses.

Call Polaris Law Group at (888) 796-4010 or contact us online to schedule your confidential case evaluation.

What Is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

  • The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
  • The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.
  • The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.
  • Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.
  • The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome.

It is worth noting that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. The EEOC also enforces laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Additionally, it is illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

How to Report Sexual Harassment in Stockton

It is important to report sexual harassment as soon as possible. You should report it to your supervisor or employer and follow the procedures set forth in your company's employee handbook or policy manual. If your employer does not have such a policy in place, you should still report the sexual harassment to your employer, in writing, and keep a copy for your records.

If your employer does not resolve the matter to your satisfaction, or if your employer retaliates against you for reporting the sexual harassment, you have a right to file a lawsuit. Our sexual harassment lawyers in Stockton can help you through the process.

Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

California law requires employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees. Specifically, employers with five or more employees must provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors and managers once every two years. The training must be at least two hours for supervisors and managers and at least one hour for non-supervisory employees. 

The training must cover certain topics set forth in the law. Employers who fail to comply with the training requirements may be subject to liability if an employee is sexually harassed. The employee may be able to seek damages for the employer's failure to comply with the training requirements. The employer may also be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000. 

Let Us Help You Understand Your Rights

If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. These may include lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages. If you are still employed, you may also be entitled to an order requiring your employer to take reasonable steps to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace.

These may include an order requiring your employer to take disciplinary action against the harasser, provide training to all employees, and/or adopt and implement a sexual harassment policy.

Our Stockton sexual harassment attorneys can help you understand your rights and options. We can also help you file a complaint and represent you in any resulting proceedings. If you are entitled to compensation for your losses, we can help you pursue it. We understand the impact that sexual harassment can have on your life and are committed to helping you seek justice.

Call Polaris Law Group Today

Sexual harassment is never okay. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, our sexual harassment attorneys in Stockton are here to help. We have extensive experience handling sexual harassment claims and know what it takes to win. We can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the process of seeking justice.

Call (888) 796-4010 or contact us online to get started now.

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