In any business that creates a fraternal atmosphere among co-workers, harassment is a real possibility. Other examples include finance, auto repair, law enforcement, construction and a host of other sales organizations. Many employers are reluctant to hedge the risk of such bad behavior surfacing because of the costs of training and high turnover rates among staff, but employees can suffer as a result.
The damages of sexual harassment in the workplace can be psychological, financial and opportunity-related. If the harassment is severe or persistent enough, a plaintiff may also be able to pursue punitive damages against an employer. Both men and women can suffer harassment, and in an industry that involves frequent contact with customers, it is possible to seek compensation for damages suffered because of offensive and inappropriate conduct from customers if one's employer is aware of the harassment but does not take steps to stop it.
As a victim of sexual harassment, you deserve justice and compensation for the wrongs you have suffered. Call Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, at (510) 433-1000 for a free consultation.
When Your Employer Dismisses A Sexual Harassment Complaint
Auto dealership workers face particularly high risks in a male-dominated environment. Sure, jokes are great, and so is a little friendly competition, but it can go too far very quickly. If you are offended or feel threatened, it is likely sexual harassment.
How To Recognize Sexual Harassment And What To Do About It
There are several types of sexual harassment that can be either physical, verbal, visual or an implied requirement to keep one's job or receive another favor ( quid pro quo harassment). Unwelcome and unwanted attention quickly creates a hostile work environment, in which productivity suffers and career opportunities pass by victims.
If you feel uncomfortable, offended or threatened by conduct in the workplace or at a work-related function, you should speak with an experienced attorney. At Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, our attorneys are discreet, and we are top-rated employment attorneys in California. We can walk you through the legal process, protect your rights, take action against an employer who retaliates against you for filing a claim and pursue your maximum compensation for damages.
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