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What Constitutes Sexual Harassment In Los Angeles?

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What Is Sexual Harassment in Los Angeles?

Employees working in Los Angeles should familiarize themselves with the laws that regulate sexual harassment in the workplace. By doing so, they can recognize and identify any potential signs of harassment. These may include:

  • Racial slurs
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Sexual advances
  • Sexually explicit conversations
  • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for employment benefits
  • Threats
  • Termination or other unfavorable outcomes following a harassment complaint
  • Sexually suggestive messages or invitations, and more.

In Los Angeles, all of these behaviors can be classified as sexual harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which is the primary law that prohibits sexual harassment in California. Sexual harassment is also prohibited on federal property under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both FEHA and Title VII define sexual harassment as a form of employment-based discrimination and recognize two broad categories of sexual harassment – “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment.”

  • Quid Pro Quo In Sexual Harassment

The Latin phrase “quid pro quo” can be translated to “this for that” or “something for something”, implying an exchange. Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an individual requests sexual favors or behavior in exchange for employment benefits, job security, promotion, or other advantages. It can be committed through threats or offers, and even one instance can be considered severe enough to warrant liability.

If the harassing behavior is severe or pervasive enough to alter your work situation, make it difficult for you to perform your job, or create a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment, it is known as “hostile work environment” sexual harassment.

  • Hostile Work Environment

Even if you are not the direct target of harassing behavior in a “hostile work environment,” it can still harm you. A single incident of harassment can be severe enough to warrant legal action, even if it is not repeated or ongoing.

Determining whether behavior constitutes sexual harassment in a “hostile work environment” involves both objective and subjective elements. Objectively, a reasonable person in the victim’s position would need to find the behavior offensive or abusive. Subjectively, the behavior must have caused mental suffering that interfered with job performance, disrupted mental health, or had other negative effects on personal well-being.

Courts evaluate the severity and frequency of the behavior, as well as the surrounding circumstances, when assessing whether behavior constitutes sexual harassment. While both federal and state laws recognize sexual harassment in “hostile work environments,” there may be differences in how they are applied. California state law covers all types of companies, while Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies only to companies with fifteen or more employees. The Fair Employment and Housing Act of California is generally considered to be more protective of employees and more effective in preventing workplace harassment in California.

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Who Is Accountable For Sexual Harassment In The Workplace In Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles, employers are strictly liable when a manager or supervisor sexually harasses a subordinate, which means they are held responsible for the actions of their employees. However, an employer can only be held accountable for workplace harassment if they were aware of it or should have known about it and failed to take any action to prevent it. It is the employees who engaged in harassing behavior who are personally liable for their actions. Additionally, employers may also be held liable for harassment from customers or clients if they were aware of it or should have been aware of it, and did not take appropriate steps to prevent further harassment of employees.

Is It Hard To Prove Sexual Harassment In Los Angeles?

Regrettably, sexual harassment has adverse effects on the lives of numerous individuals annually throughout the United States. Those who experience sexual harassment at their workplace are entitled to sue the perpetrator responsible for their mistreatment. Nevertheless, pursuing a sexual harassment claim can be more challenging than people assume. In California, just like in any other state, proving sexual harassment can be difficult due to its subjective nature. Nonetheless, it is achievable to establish sexual harassment in California by presenting the appropriate evidence and seeking legal assistance.

Monetary Damages Victims May Win In Court

California law aims to assist individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or have been terminated for reporting it, by requiring employers to provide them with financial compensation.

Victims of harassment may be entitled to compensation from companies for several types of damages, including emotional distress, which refers to the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the harassment, and is a common occurrence. Economic damages may also be awarded, which would account for lost wages due to being terminated after complaining about harassment. The more tangible the figure, the better. For instance, if someone who made $50,000 a year lost their job for six months, they could potentially receive $25,000 in compensation. Punitive damages may also be awarded as a way of punishing the employer for particularly egregious behavior, such as keeping a known sexual predator in the company. Finally, victims may be able to recoup their attorney fees as part of their compensation, thanks to California’s Care and Housing Act.

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Sexual harassment can have a devastating impact on victims, causing both physical and mental harm. Studies indicate that some individuals may develop various forms of PTSD, such as flashbacks and panic attacks, as a result of sexual harassment.

However, victims of sexual harassment can seek justice and closure by holding those responsible accountable for their actions without fear of reprisal or threats from their employer. If a victim is terminated for filing a complaint of sexual harassment, they may have grounds for two lawsuits, one for sexual harassment and one for retaliation.

If you’re a victim of sexual harassment, Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyers can provide a free and confidential consultation by calling (888) 310-2470. You don’t have to worry about paying attorney fees because, if compensation is obtained, the court will require the employer to cover all attorney fees and costs. In the unlikely event that a settlement or verdict is not secured, the victim will not owe any fees. In summary, with Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Lawyers, victims of workplace sexual harassment can receive the help they need to put an end to the harassment.

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