Sexual Harassment

The Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers of Lim Law Group, P.C. protect those who have fallen victim to sexual harassment at the workplace. Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct that is sexual in nature. Sexual harassment is broad and covers such things as unwanted sexual propositions, offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors, making or threatening retaliation after refusing sexual advances/propositions, providing a negative response to sexual advances, making sexual gestures, displaying suggestive objects or pictures that is sexual in nature, verbally making derogatory comments, and physical touching, assault, or blocking movements.

All employees are protected in the workplace from sexual harassment. This includes inside the workplace as well as off campus work-related functions, such as parties, retreats, and events. There are two main types of sexual harassment and the Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers of Lim Law Group, can help you understand which type of harassment was involved. The first is called known as quid-pro-quo, which means "this for that." A quid-pro-quo sexual harassment occurs when an employee, often a supervisor, pressures or forces an employee to engage in sexual conduct in exchange for employment benefits, such as a promotion, increase in wages or bonuses, preferential work treatment or better assignments. In other occasions, employees are threatened to lose their job or face demotions if such sexual advances are refused. The second type of sexual harassment is known as working in a hostile work environment. This occurs when the activities at the workplace makes it difficult for the employee to work in. Such activities range in scope but can be characterized as unwanted physical contact, unwelcome sexual propositions, such as going on dates or engaging in sexual activities, displaying pornographic images and videos in the workplace or making jokes or telling stories that are sexual in nature.

It is important to note that both men and women can be victims (and perpetrators) of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can also occur between the same sex. If you have been sexually harassed, it is important that you document the wrongdoing. For example, if you believe you have been sexually harassed, keep a personal journal and write down the details about each and every event of sexual harassment. Be as detailed as possible. These details should include the harasser’s name, the date and time, a full description of the events that occurred, including what was done, what was said, how it was responded, how you felt, and any consequences of such responses. Such information may be key evidence in your lawsuit against your employer.

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If you believe you have a claim for sexual harassment, time is of the essence. There are strict deadlines that must be met when filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit, which is often associated with sexual harassment. For example under California law, employees must file with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within one year of the sexual discriminatory conduct. If you fail to do so, your claims may be time barred. If you believe you have fallen victim to sexual harassment, and/or have been sexually discriminated based on your refusal to engage in sexual conduct at the workplace, contact the Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys of Lim Law Group for a free case evaluation.

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