Sexual harassment between men and men and women harassing women is more common than you may think. You might even be surprised by what exactly constitutes sexual harassment. It does not only happen to gay men, lesbians and other LGBT individuals.
What others may think is playful joking, a prank or traditional hazing of the new guy may actually be sexual harassment that causes serious emotional distress and psychological damage. Being the target of sexual harassment in a hostile work environment can also lead to financial loss through missed career opportunities such as promotions and raises. It can lead to depression and a basic loss of dignity.
If you have suffered sexual harassment in violation of the law, you deserve justice and compensation. Call Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, at (510) 433-1000, for a free and confidential consultation.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can take on many forms. It can be:
- Physical or verbal
- Discrimination based on gender, physical appearance or sexual orientation
- Repeated leering looks, offensive gestures, jokes, innuendos, cat calls or other unwanted attention
- Derogatory or sexually suggestive posters, drawings, pictures, emails or invitations
- Unwelcome touching or grabbing
- Derogatory comments or remarks
- Requests for sexual favors and quid pro quo harassment (e.g., making sexual harassment a condition of employment)
- Sexual assault or abuse
- Forced wearing of demeaning sexual clothing
A hostile work environment often exists when sexual harassment occurs in the workplace or even, under certain circumstances, when a co-worker or employer sexually harasses a person outside of work. Employers are often in denial about men harassing men or women harassing women. They pass it off as people just having a little harmless fun.
Regardless of sexual orientation and gender, any of the above actions often constitute sexual harassment. If you or someone else at work has been the target of any of the above actions, it is important to speak with an experienced California sexual harassment attorney familiar with same-sex cases, which can be more difficult to prove.
At Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, we have proven results for clients across California, and our lawyers are some of the top-rated sexual harassment litigators in the U.S. We represent both men and women who have experienced sexual harassment in a range of industries. We prepare each case we handle to win at trial, and we work with conviction to protect our clients' rights and obtain justice for them.
California Same-Sex Harassment Attorneys
We pursue all cases on a contingency fee basis, and most cases can be favorably settled without the need for trial. Contact us at (510) 433-1000 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
We do not represent perpetrators of sexual harassment or those who are accused of sexually harassing behavior.