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Important Facts to Understand about Workplace Sexual Harassment

Important Facts to Understand about Workplace Sexual Harassment

Workplace sexual harassment is illegal and unacceptable. While many workers may be aware of this fact, they may not understand what to do or how to deal with workplace sexual harassment when it occurs.

To help empower and inform workers, below, we have pointed out some of the more important facts to understand about workplace sexual harassment, workers’ rights and options for justice after harassment occurs.

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Here’s What You Should Know

  1. Sexual harassment does not have to involve physical contact – Sexually charged comments, displays of sexually explicit materials and even sexual emails/texts from colleagues can all constitute sexual harassment. Additionally, sexual harassment can occur when the harasser/victim are of the same gender, as well as when the harasser may be a non-employee (like a contractor or even a customer).
  2. Sexual harassment generally has to be persisting and/or severe – In other words, one incident will typically not be sufficient to constitute sexual harassment at work unless the event is especially egregious. Nevertheless, each incident should be reported to an employer, as these reports can be key to documenting a pattern in the future.
  3. You have to report the harassment to an employer before a lawsuit can be filed – The intention here is to provide an employer with the opportunity to investigate and address the issue before the courts step in.
  4. Your employer has to conduct an unbiased investigation of the incident – And this can (and should) involve interviewing any witnesses involved and evaluating any other evidence related to the incident. If the investigation reveals that sexual harassment did occur, the employer should take appropriate action to remedy the situation and/or discipline the harasser. The employer is not, however, obligated to fire the harasser.
  5. You can get help and more advice by consulting with an attorney – And this is the single best step you can take to protect your rights and gain an experienced advocate to help you pursue justice.

Contact a Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Attorney at Moon and Yang Professional Corporation

Have you been the target of sexual harassment in the workplace? If so, you can turn to an experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment attorney at the Moon and Yang Professional Corporation for aggressive, effective legal advocacy in your pursuit of justice. At Moon & Yang, we have a strong commitment to our clients and bring substantial experience, legal knowledge and effective resources to both simple and complex legal matters.

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, contact us today by calling (213) 232-3128 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

From our offices based in Los Angeles, our trusted lawyer provide superior service to clients throughout Southern California, including those in Koreatown, Orange, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Buena Park, Garden Grove and throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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