According to NBC News, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has filed a lawsuit that claims a group of male deputies sexually harassed female trainees and demanded sexual favors as part of an initiation.
The lawsuit, by Guadalupe Lopez, who was assigned to the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s station in Boyle Heights starting in 2011, accuses a group of male deputies who called themselves the “Banditos” of sexual harassment, hazing and retaliation, according to NBC News.
Lopez says that she was shown photos of other female deputies performing sexual acts for male deputies.
“[Lopez] was made to understand that she was expected to be ‘One of the Girls,’ which included drinking, partying, and the fulfillment of the ‘sexual needs’ of her male training officers and their associates,” the lawsuit alleges.
How Do I Prove Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
It should be noted that federal laws protect all employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. When an employee reports sexual harassment, an employer has a duty to properly investigate complaints and take actions. If a company does not do this, it should be held liable for damages.
It is also unlawful for an employer to retaliate against employees for reporting harassment, including unjustly firing, demoting or withholding pay or benefits from an employee.
If you suspect that your workplace rights are being violated and you are subjected to sexual harassment at work, schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles employment attorneys today to discuss your case, or share your story with us on our Facebook page.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys