Sexual harassment can occur when a supervisor, co-worker, or customer directs unwanted sexual advances, sexual comments, or other conduct sexual in nature towards an employee. Such conduct creates a hostile work environment that should not be tolerated.
It is important to note that a hostile work environment can be created by conduct between individuals of different and the same sex. There is no requirement that sexual harassment only be directed by men against women or vice versa. Sexual harassment can be carried out by men against men and women against women.
California Law and Federal Law Protects Employees from Sexual Harassment
Under California law, an individual or individuals engaging in sexual harassment, their supervisors, and their employer may all be liable for damages.
Further, employers may still be liable for sexual harassment by those in a supervisory position even if reasonable measures were taken by the employer to prevent sexual harassment in their workplace.
Employer liability can also be extended to situations where the employer perpetuated a hostile work environment created by a customer or coworker by not removing these individuals from the work environment.
Victims of sexual harassment may be eligible for compensatory and punitive damages in addition to attorney’s fees. If you believe that you have been the victim of workplace sexual harassment, contact The Law Office of Robert L. Starr for a free, confidential case evaluation.