Answering Common Sexual Harassment Questions

Sexual harassment is one of the most difficult things a person can encounter. It is a situation that creates questions, confusion and uncertainty. Many people are unsure of their rights or whether the incident they suffered legally constitutes sexual harassment.

At Teren Law Group, our attorney, Pamela Teren, brings more than 25 years of employment law experience to your case. She has developed a complete understanding of state and federal employment regulations. She will work to alleviate your concerns and answer any questions you have, including the following that are commonly asked.

What Acts May Be Considered Sexual Harassment?

State workplace regulations define sexual harassment as any unwanted sexual advances or physical contact that is sexualized in nature. This can cover many illegal actions that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Unwelcomed touching
  • Leering
  • Graphic sexual images
  • Sexually derogatory comments
  • Inappropriate or sexualized propositions
  • Unequal treatment
  • Favoritism
  • Threatening retaliatory actions for rejecting sexual advances

Can I Be Fired For Making A Claim?

California has strong laws in place to protect employees who are the victims of sexual harassment. As part of these protections, employers cannot fire an individual for filing a sexual harassment claim. Similarly, employees are protected when filing racial, age-based and any other harassment claims.

What If My Employer Demotes Me Or Reduces My Hours?

All forms of retaliation in response to legally protected activity, including reduced hours, lowered wages or a demotion, are illegal. If an employer engages in these behaviors, it can help strengthen your claim in the eyes of the court. In addition to resolving your harassment claim, our lawyer will hold your employer accountable when they violate your rights.

Get Your Free Case Evaluation

It is hard to come forward after you suffer sexual harassment at work. We focus on fostering a warm, compassionate and confidential environment so that you feel comfortable speaking with our attorney during a free case evaluation. To schedule your meeting, please call us in Redondo Beach at 310-870-0375 or complete the contact form found on our website.