Sexual Harassment at Work
Sexual harassment happens when a boss or a manager offers or threatens employment or promotions in exchange for unwanted sex. It doesn’t have to be physical or verbal and can happen with actions, gestures, photos, posters, notes, leering looks and innuendos. It is not limited by gender or sexual orientation. Women and men can cause or be the victims. It can occur with a single act or through a series of acts during any work-related event, activity or function. It is also vital to understand your employer’s responsibilities and the common types of sexual harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment.
Should My Employer Prevent Sexual Harassment?
Employers must take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment. This includes posting mandatory information about the prevention of sexual harassment and information about your employer’s internal complaint process. Not all employers meet their legal obligation. Complaints can go ignored and the victim can even be targeted for retaliation.
What is Quid Pro Quo?
“Something for something” or “this for that”. Quid pro quo sexual harassment happens when your supervisor requires you to provide sex to get the job, a promotion, benefits, or even to keep your job. This type is easy to spot and the law is clear. Under California law, the employer is responsible for the supervisor’s quid pro quo sexual harassment, whether you report it or not.
What is Hostile Work Environment?
A Hostile Work Environment happens when unwanted sexual advances, sexual behavior or other sexual harassment from a boss or manager has made it hard for you to work. It doesn’t need to be severe AND pervasive, only severe OR pervasive. This means that a single SEVERE act of harassing conduct could be enough, or continued long-term acts of harassment (PERVASIVE) that are not severe or subtle could be enough to create a hostile work environment.
What Can I Do?
If you have been forced or asked to have unwanted sex to get or keep a job you may have been a victim of sexual harassment. If it is interfering with your work and you want it to stop, call Hogie & Campbell, we will work for you to protect your rights.
It is important that you protect your case. Quid pro quo sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or retaliation should not force you to quit. Get help instead. We won’t pressure you, and we won’t tell your employer. Call Hogie & Campbell for a free consultation at (714) 508-6422.
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