Earlier this month, NBC News had a shocking story about two deputy attorneys who have accused a supervisor at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office of sexual harassment.
According to the news source, two deputy district attorneys have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against a supervising prosecutor at the DA’s office. The lawsuit details offenses that the women claim occurred both in and out of the office.
NBC News reported that Beth Silverman and Tannaz Mokayef allege Gary Hearnsberger subjected them to unwanted touching, lewd remarks and sexual behavior when he was the head of the Major Crimes Division. The two allege that Hearnsberger favored female employees who provided him with sexual favors—those who allowed him to touch or grope them received better assignments and opportunities for career advancement, according to the lawsuit.
It should be noted that the unit the attorneys belonged to tried famous cases including those of Conrad Murray in connection with the death of Michael Jackson and the murder trials of Phil Spector and Robert Blake. Hearnsberger, who was reassigned to the Public Integrity Division, which prosecutes public officials charged with crimes, denies the claims made in the lawsuit.
I Have Experienced Sexual Harassment at Work. What Should I Do?
Remember, there are no excuses for sexual harassment at work. Instances of this behavior can include repeated, unwanted sexual conduct that creates threatening, unfriendly or hostile work environments.
If you experience sexual harassment on the job, you should notify a human resources worker. Additionally, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney, and report any incidents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you have experienced sexual harassment at work, you may be able to hold your employer liable.
An attorney may be able to help you move forward with a harassment claim and you may be entitled to damages. Keep following our blog for updates about sexual harassment law in California.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? In 2012, more than $43 million in damages was awarded in sexual harassment cases nationwide.