California Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Are You a Victim of Sexual Harassment?
When someone at your workplace, school or other social or professional setting has made unwanted comments or advances of a sexual nature toward you, you have the right to take legal action against that party to hold them accountable for their actions. Our California sexual harassment attorneys recognize that harassment can take many forms and occur in a wide range of settings including:
- Child sexual harassment
- Government sexual harassment
- Online sexual harassment
- Sexual harassment at work
If you or someone you care about has become a victim of sexual harassment, it is in your best interests to obtain the legal representation of a highly qualified California sexual abuse attorney that is well versed in cases of all the aforementioned scenarios. You will need to understand your legal rights and how to keep them protected throughout your case.
What Qualifies as Sexual Harassment?
The first step in bringing a California sexual harassment claim is recognizing that harassment has happened. Some examples of sexual harassment are so subtle it can be difficult to determine whether they constitute this crime. If you are not sure, describe the incident to an attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for an attorney’s professional opinion. Our initial case reviews are always free of charge and 100% confidential. Many different things could qualify as sexual harassment.
- Inappropriate touching, hugging, kissing or invasions of personal space
- Discrimination due to someone’s gender, sex or sexual orientation
- Sharing or sending sexually explicit images or videos
- Sexually suggestive or romantic notes or emails
- Sexual questions, suggestions, jokes or innuendos
- Requests for sexual favors (quid pro quo)
- Inappropriate sexual gestures, facial expressions or noises
- Inappropriate comments about appearance or body parts
- Spreading sexual rumors about a coworker
The advance must be unwanted for it to qualify as sexual harassment. While a mere annoyance or isolated event may not qualify as sexual harassment, repeated offenses or severe one-time events will. In a workplace setting, someone’s advances may qualify as sexual harassment if they create a hostile work environment or interfere with your performance at work. Discuss your situation with one of our California sexual harassment attorneys to find out if you are the victim of sexual harassment.
Who Can Be Held Accountable?
In a typical sexual harassment case in California, a survivor can hold not only the offender responsible, but also the employer or company. Employers will be vicariously liable for the actions, crimes and inappropriate behaviors of their employees while the employees are on the clock. Your employer could be accountable for the sexual harassment against you if it happened at work, even if your boss was not directly involved. The employer will have to answer for the crimes and actions of its employees. Your employer could also be responsible if it directly contributed to your damages, such as failing to check new employees’ backgrounds, failing to properly respond to a complaint or retaliating against you for reporting sexual harassment.
Is There a Time Limit to My Case?
You will have a time limit on when you may bring a civil sexual harassment claim in California. The state’s statute of limitations on these cases is generally two years from the date of the last act of harassment. You will have less time, however, to file a complaint against your employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). You will typically have six months to file a claim with the EEOC and one year with the DFEH. Certain cases come with exceptions to the rule, however, so be sure to speak to an experienced California sexual harassment attorney about your unique case.
What Can I Be Compensated For?
Our California sexual harassment lawyers know a civil sexual harassment claim will not solve everything. It will not take back what happened or perhaps ever make you feel comfortable in your workplace again. Yet it can reimburse you for the financial losses you suffered due to the incident, such as lost wages from having to leave your job or the costs of hiring an attorney. The compensatory award your lawyer may be able to secure on your behalf could contain amounts to cover several different types of damages.
- Any related medical costs, including psychological therapy
- Lost past earnings and future capacity to earn
- Physical pain and suffering from assaults or injuries
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish or trauma
- Punitive damages
The award you might be able to receive for your civil sexual harassment claim in California could be more than enough to help you move forward after suffering through this experience. The attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have obtained high-dollar awards for hundreds of clients over the last 20 years through hard work, dedication and commitment to client success. Find out what we believe your case could be worth today during a free consultation.
Free Consultation With a California Sexual Harassment Attorney
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, our seasoned legal team is extensively experienced in cases of sexual harassment and can provide you with the high level of advocacy and guidance you need and deserve. We understand that it can be extremely difficult to deal with, especially when the harasser is in a position of power such as your boss, teacher or coach. We will confidentially discuss the matter with you and let you know our recommendations to move forward in your case, giving you the advice you need to effectively put an end to the harassment and seek justice for the wrong that has been done.
Our focus and top priority in any case of this nature is to help produce the best results possible and we will employ every available measure to pursue this objective. You do not have to accept this illegal and unethical behavior and we are committed to assisting you in bringing closure, and protecting anyone else that crosses paths with the abuser in the future.
Contact a California sexual harassment lawyer at our firm now for solid legal advice and effective representation in your case.