According to a report released by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), California workers filed nearly 7,000 sex-related charges between Jan. 2009 and Dec. 2014. In fact, of the employment-related charges filed annually, an average of 27 percent is the result of sexual harassment or other sex-related violations or crimes. These numbers clearly show the prevalence of sexual harassment in California workplaces. Unfortunately, these numbers only represent the employees who filed charges — not the ones who suffered in silence.
If you have suffered in silence because you are unsure whether you are a victim of sexual harassment, you do not have to suffer any longer. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C., will protect your right to a safe, harassment-free workplace while representing your interests in court.
What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like In The Eyes Of The Law?
If you have had to endure any of the following, you may be a victim of sexual harassment:
- Inappropriate sexual advances
- Promotion offers or other employment-related offers hinged on sexual favors
- Threats, demotions or terminations after declined sexual advances
- Inappropriate verbal or visual conduct
- Inappropriate propositions or comments
- Unwanted and inappropriate physical contact
What Are My Rights?
No one should have to put up with sexual harassment in the workplace. Thankfully, the law concurs. By law, employers must take appropriate action to not only prevent sexual harassment, but also to take complaints seriously and conduct complete investigations when notified of an alleged incident.
However, if your employer has done nothing with your complaint or dragged its feet on your claim, a lawyer can assist you in asserting your rights by filing a claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The department will conduct its own independent investigation and take further legal action if it finds the employer failed in its duty to act or prevent sexual harassment.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing A Claim?
Generally speaking, you have one year from when the incident or incidents occurred to file a claim with the DFEH.
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At the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C., we will take the time to listen to your story carefully and determine your options for taking legal action against the person or entity who violated your rights. Schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Beverly Hills via email or by calling 424-285-6006 or toll free 877-619-8966.