Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney
Whether you are a man or a woman — regardless of your sexual orientation — sexual harassment is against the law. Retaliating against you for reporting sexual harassment, either yours or someone else’s, also is illegal.
Sexual harassment can happen in school, in the workplace, in a religious group, and in professional organizations. It is demeaning and humiliating, and it meant to demean and humiliate you. You do not have to put up with sexual harassment. YOU are not responsible for someone else’s inappropriate behavior. With the help of Santa Monica sexual harassment attorney David Olan, you CAN make your abuser stop. As the popular hashtag says, #TimesUp.
Lies Your Abuser May Tell You
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of your sexual orientation. You can be harassed by a man or woman, again, regardless of your sexual orientation. Your abuser wants you to be worried. Your abuser counts on your fear that no one will believe you or that you will be embarrassed if you report the sexual harassment.
Your abuser my even tell you that no one will believe you if you report them. The abuser may tell you that you will be unable to find another job because you will be labeled a troublemaker. If sexual harassment is happening on the job, your abuser may tell you that you will not be promoted or you may be demoted or even fired if you do not go along with them.
If you are retaliated against for bringing a sexual harassment lawsuit against a person or a company, they can be in even more legal trouble if you are demoted or fired.
Sexual Harassment is Unwanted
Sexual Harassment is:
- Unwelcome jokes, comments, or gestures of a sexual nature
- Displaying offensive sexual or suggestive pictures or objects
- Unwanted flirting, sexual advances, or propositions
- Suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, emails, or messages
- Inappropriate and unwanted touching or blocking or impeding movements
- Promising employment benefits for sex
No One has the Right to Sexually Harass You
In the workplace you are protected under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which protects employees, applicants for employment, independent contractors, and customers from sexual harassment. Federal law protects you through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
A supervisor, boss, or the owner of the company has no right to force you to put up with unwanted sexual behavior. It is not legal for them to attempt to manipulate you into participating in a sexual act.
The law also mandates that employers and companies must protect their employees, sales people, and independent contractors from sexual harassment. For your employer to be held liable for sexual harassment by another employee, the law says the employer must have known or should have known of the harassment. Every company is required to have specific procedures that must be followed and every employee is aware of in the case of sexual harassment complaints.
Santa Monica sexual harassment attorney David Olan can take action against your abuser on your behalf. Even if you need the job, no one has the right to force you to put up with sexual harassment or to participate in an unwanted sexual act. And if they do retaliate against you, David Olan will bring a retaliation lawsuit against them for that behavior, too.
Damages Recoverable for Sexual Harassment
If you are the victim of sexual harassment, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Medical and psychiatric expenses – past and future
- Wage and benefit losses – past and future
- Compensation for emotional distress
- Compensation for punitive damages
- Attorney’s fees
If the company or harasser retaliated against you, you may be eligible for additional compensation due to a retaliation lawsuit.
The Cost of a Sexual Harassment Attorney
Santa Monica sexual harassment attorney David Olan represents people like you in sexual harassment lawsuits on a contingency basis. This means that you pay nothing until your sexual harassment lawsuit is resolved.
There are Deadlines for Lawsuits
Contact Santa Monica sexual harassment attorney David Olan as soon as possible to protect your rights. There are deadlines (statutes of limitations) by which time you must file a lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you give up your right to ever right that injustice.
As your sexual harassment attorney, David Olan can begin collecting evidence and gathering witness statements before they are lost, forgotten, or altered.
Contact a Sexual Harassment Attorney
Contact Santa Monica sexual harassment attorney David Olan for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.
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Questions & Answers
Q: What compensation can I recover if I am sexually harassed?
A: The type and amount of compensation you may be awarded in a sexual harassment lawsuit depends on the circumstances. If you win a sexual harassment lawsuit, the court can order the company to:
- Reinstate you if you were fired or laid off.
- Compensate you for lost earnings and benefits.
- Compensate you for lost future earnings.
- Compensate you for pain and suffering.
- Pay you punitive damages.
- Pay your attorney’s fees.
Q: Can I be fired for bringing a sexual harassment lawsuit?
A: Not legally. The law makes it illegal to fire someone for filing a complaint about sexual harassment. If you are terminated because of filing such a complaint, you have may have a retaliation lawsuit against the company. Should you win the retaliation lawsuit, the company would have to compensate you additional monies.
Q: What should I do if I’m being sexually harassed at work?
A: If you are being sexually harassed at work you should:
- Keep a written diary listing the day, time, location and a short description of each incident; who was involved; and the names of anyone who observed the incident. Keep your diary in a safe place and not on the company’s computer.
- If the person sexually harassing you sends you any written communications (memos, letters, emails, text messages, social media messages), save them in a safe place and not on the company’s computer.
- Go to your supervisor, the boss, the company’s owner, or HR and report the person. You can give them a COPY of your diary and any correspondence. ONLY give the originals to your L.A. sexual harassment attorney.
- If the company does nothing, contact a L.A. sexual harassment attorney.
For a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation, contact David Olan.