Chula Vista Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Sexual harassment is illegal according to both federal and California state laws. Under these laws, there are a number of actions that qualify as sexual harassment. Generally speaking, sexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual advances or suggestions that are sexual in nature. In order to fully protect victims, these laws also include non-physical acts. As such, sexual harassment can come in the form of verbal or even visual harassment, such as making offensive comments about the other gender.
Recent statistics show that over 11,000 Americans reported themselves to be victims of sexual harassment in the workplace in the past year. And, while a majority of the victims were female, males represented about 16% of the victims. When you are working in a hostile environment brought about by sexual harassment, contact a Chula Vista sexual harassment lawyer of Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123 and schedule a free consultation.
Common Sexual Harassment Actions
Although most people believe only women can be sexually harassed by men, the victim and harasser can be either male or female. The victim and harasser can also both be the same sex. According to law, actions are considered sexual harassment and illegal when they occur frequently or are severe enough to cause a hostile work environment. Some common actions that may be considered sexual harassment include:
- Job offer or promotion in exchange for sexual favors
- Firing, demotion, or threat of either after denying request for sexual favors
- Any unwanted sexual advance or physical contact
- Making sexual gestures
- Showing graphic or sexually suggestive pictures to others
- Verbal abuse in a sexual nature
These actions could cause you or someone you know to suffer either physically or emotionally and should not be borne.
You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. To learn more about obtaining compensation for the suffering you’ve had to endure, discuss your sexual harassment claim with a skilled Chula Vista sexual harassment lawyer of Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123.