If you experience sexual harassment at work, tell the person harassing you to stop the actions that make you uncomfortable. If that does not work, inform a supervisor or your employer’s human resources department.
The law requires you to try to resolve the matters within your company before you can pursue legal action against the individual accused of harassment, so you should always report these issues immediately after they occur. Additionally, many companies have phone numbers where employees can report harassment, if you feel like nobody at your work will take your claims seriously.
If these issues continue to persist, it is possible that you could file a sexual harassment lawsuit by speaking to our employment attorney.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that the city has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former aide to City Councilman Mitchell Englander, who claimed she was repeatedly subjected to sexual comments and jokes while working in his office.
According to the Times, Melody Jaramillo, a field deputy in Englander’s office from February 2012 to April 2013, filed the lawsuit. Jaramillo claimed that Englander’s chief of staff John Lee repeatedly engaged in harassment and discrimination, and that her complaints were met with silence. She also said she faced “sexually inappropriate remarks when she expressed interest in working on public safety issues.”
Although there was a settlement, Englander maintains that the allegations were not true and that the city had to make a judgment call so that the case would not play out in court.
Are There Different Types of Sexual Harassment?
Keep in mind, there are two different forms of workplace sexual harassment:
- Quid pro quo occurs when conditions of employment are based on unwelcome sexual advances, sexual favors or other physical or verbal sexual contact.
- A hostile work environment can include an employer allowing unwanted sexual advances, physical contact, sexual remarks or sexual photographs at the workplace.
Our lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience representing the victims of workplace sexual harassment. Contact us today so that we may review your case. You should be made to feel comfortable at your workplace.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys