Speaking Up About Workplace Harassment
The mayor of Carson is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted and sexually harassed an employee. The workplace harassment lawsuit was filed last Tuesday by a representative on the board of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California. According to the suit, the mayor had allegedly forced himself on the employee during a business trip to Washington D.C. After the incident in D.C., the employee alleges that the mayor bullied and harassed her as retaliation for rejecting his advances.
Harassment in the workplace can turn a dream job into a nightmare. While everyone else is able to freely get their work done, an employee who is being harassed is made to feel hopeless and in a bind. Reporting harassment as early as possible is important, but for many employees, there is legitimate fear of retaliation and being alienated at work.
California employment law protects employees from sexual harassment. If you’re being harassed at work, one of the most important things you can secure for yourself is an experienced California employment lawyer.
What Should I Do If I Experience Sexual Harassment at Work?
If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, you do not have to put up with it. There are a few steps you can take toward ending the harassment and protecting yourself.
- If you feel that you might be able to address the conflict by telling a fellow employee that you find their behavior inappropriate, this is a good start. Many times, people who are unaware that they are being offensive will adjust their behavior.
- Unfortunately, not everyone responds well to criticism. If the harassment continues, you should inform your supervisor and follow the company’s procedure closely. Be sure to make note of every incident and document the date and time. Also, be aware of any time limits imposed by your employer in their sexual harassment policies.
- If your employer fails or outright refuses to take action on your claims, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and file a complaint. The EEOC will give you a “right to sue” letter.
- Find a reliable California employment lawyer and begin litigation.
How Can a Workplace Harassment Attorney Help Me?
If it gets to the point that you need to pursue litigation, a California employment lawyer will be by your side. Our California employment lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of sexual harassment regain their dignity and restore the things they lost due to the harassment. This can include the reinstatement of a position at the company if you were fired, back pay, damages for the distress caused to you and more. Contact our offices today to speak with one of our experienced employment lawyers.