The construction industry is notorious for tolerating and dismissing sexual harassment and denying that it even takes place in many cases. Sexual harassment training is not on the radar at many companies because it is a male-dominated industry, and it is seen as a tough guys' profession. Men do not complain about sexual harassment generally and will quit their jobs before filing a complaint if it is truly severe. The small percentage of women in the field are taught to deal with the intimidation and harassment or change professions.
This is not acceptable, legal or safe, especially on a work site where maintaining focus is vital each day. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are equipped to investigate, stop and prevent sexual harassment in all industries, but the incident(s) of harassment need to be reported first. If you have been sexually harassed, whether you a man or woman, you can file a claim, gain legal protections and even seek punitive damages, in some cases.
It is always best to consult with an attorney if you have been sexually harassed before taking any action. Call Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, at (510) 433-1000 for a free consultation.
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Filing a sexual harassment claim can be done discreetly. Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, attorneys can help you understand your legal options and how to protect your interests. We can empower you, help you gather evidence for your claim and build a compelling case for damage compensation. If your employer or a supervisor is responsible for sexual harassment, or if they do not take appropriate steps to stop and prevent the harassment, your employer can be held strictly liable for damages.
Common Forms Of Sexual Harassment In Construction
We handle all types of sexual harassment claims throughout California, including:
- Offensive or degrading comments and remarks about someone's body or sexuality
- Repeatedly getting asked on dates or being hit on
- Unwanted and unwelcome attention
- Offensive or obscene gestures
- Sexual discrimination
- Inappropriate touching or grabbing
- Leering or ogling looks
- Requests for sexual favors or sexual advances
- Sexual assault
- Offensive notes or invitations
Document all incidents of harassment, and speak with an attorney immediately if your human resources department is unapproachable or ineffective in any matter.
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We do not represent perpetrators of sexual harassment or those who are accused of sexually harassing behavior.