Has a co-worker or someone from management ever approached you at work for sexual favors? Did you know that this is considered sexual harassment under California law?
There is a common misconception that sexual harassment must involve some kind of physical harassment in order to constitute as sexual harassment- this is not true.
Let’s look at an example to better understand this kind of situation. Always seek professional help such as Orange County Sexual Harassment Lawyers for further information.
Say you are a woman who works at a coffee shop. One day at work, your boss comes in to fill for an employee who had to leave sick. It’s just you and your boss working at the shop today. You go to the back to take your lunch break but you’re surprised when your boss takes a moment to join you. He asks you how school is going and then suddenly changes the topic of conversation by complimenting how great a woman you are. The next thing you know, your boss is asking you out on a date. You politely say no. In response, your boss proposes a “fair exchange” where you would perform sexual acts on him after hours in exchange for weekly bonuses disguised as tips.
So how would you show that the behavior was unwelcome? Here’s some examples:
-you complained to the company or to your family and friends
-your work performance was affected
-you suffered emotional distress
This is the kind of situation where you should seek the help of Sexual Harassment Lawyers in Orange County.