When unwanted acts of workplace sexual harassment become threatening and frequent, harassment can intensify to stalking. If you suspect you have become the target of behavior that is characteristic of stalking, you may have reason to not only seek monetary damages in a civil lawsuit but also file a criminal complaint against a perpetrator. However, you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney before taking any action.
At Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, we fight on behalf of sexual harassment victims throughout California. Call us at (510) 433-1000 for a free consultation with a lawyer.
What Defines Stalking In California?
The California Penal Code defines the elements necessary for a stalking conviction as:
- Willful, malicious and repeated following or harassment of another person that serves no legitimate purpose except to alarm, annoy, torment or terrorize that person.
- The person doing the following or harassing has made a credible threat (verbal, written, electronic or implied by a pattern of conduct) against the person who is the target or that person's immediate family.
- The person who made the threat intended to place the person who is the target in reasonable fear for his or her safety or for the safety of his or her family.
Seeking Justice And Monetary Damages In A Stalking Case
If you have been stalked, a claim to seek civil, monetary damages could be filed separately from or in addition to a stalking charge. If you have experienced sexual harassment of any type, we can help you put a stop to it and build a case for monetary compensation relating to emotional distress, decreased pay or opportunity at work, or job loss.
Sexual harassment is extremely serious, and a threat to your safety such as stalking does not need to be present for us to help you build a lawsuit involving a sexual harassment claim. Stalking can happen when a co-worker, supervisor or employer views a casual or business relationship as a pathway to an intimate relationship, and makes repeated attempts to observe or communicate with a person.
Our partner attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience litigating sexual harassment cases and protecting plaintiffs. We have obtained significant six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements in hostile work environments, quid pro quo harassment and retaliation cases in California.
Speak With A California Stalking Harassment Attorney
At Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, we advocate for our clients in California from offices in Oakland and Los Angeles. Contact us by email for a case evaluation, or call us at (510) 433-1000 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced and service-focused attorney.