Sexual Harassment Law
Both California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination based on gender. Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Visit our workplace harassment information page for additional examples of behavior constituting sexual harassment.
Two distinct categories of sexual harassment claims are generally recognized:
- Quid pro quo: When submission to sexual activity or conduct is made either an explicit or implicit condition of employment benefits, and submission to or rejection of such conduct by the employee is used as the basis for employment decisions.
- Hostile work environment: When unwelcome sexual advances, sexual conduct or other gender-related verbal or physical conduct occurs that has the purpose or effect of interfering with work performance of an employee or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
There are a number of ways that employers can be subjected to liability for sexual harassment:
- Has your supervisor conditioned your terms of employment on the performance of sexual favors?
- Has your employer failed to investigate or properly address a complaint you have made about a co-worker?
- Has your employer failed to create or enforce a sexual harassment policy, or otherwise fostered an environment where sexual harassment has occurred?
- Have you been subjected to unwanted touching, sexually suggestive remarks or jokes or other conduct that has created a hostile work environment?
If these or other situations have occurred and you feel that you have been subjected to sexual harassment, contact an employment law attorney from our firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights and options.
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