Are There Protections for Contract Workers Against Sexual Harassment?

Did you know that as a contracted employee in California, there are laws that protect you from sexual harassment? Photo of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment can include instances of hostile work environments, which occur when an employer allows unwanted sexual advances, contact, remarks, photographs and offensive actions to occur in a workspace.

As a victim, if you are sexually harassed at work, you should note the circumstances surrounding the events and report them to your human resources department. Additionally, you should speak to our Los Angeles labor attorneys, as you may be able to pursue litigation.

It does not matter if you are an independent contractor, unpaid intern, employee or manager at a company. If you experience sexual harassment, you may be entitled to damages for your pain and suffering.

Contracted Phlebotomist Awarded More than $1 Million Due to Sexual Harassment

We bring up this subject because recently a phlebotomist was awarded more than $1 million in damages after she accused an Oceanside police officer of sexually harassing her. The woman worked for American Forensic Nurses, Inc. (AFN), an on-call service provider for San Diego County.

According to her lawsuit, the woman was performing blood draws for the Oceanside Police Department when an officer made “repeated graphic, sexually explicit comments to her.” Another officer reportedly heard the harassment, and contacted a supervisor, who ordered the officer to stay away from the woman. However, after the incident was reported, the behavior allegedly continued.

The woman sued the city of Oceanside, saying it did not do enough to stop the harassment in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Talking to an Attorney About Sexual Harassment

As this case shows, if you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, you need to let someone in a management or human resources position know. If the harassment continues, contact our attorneys. You should not have to suffer through unwanted sexual advances on the job.

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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys