Verbal Abuse Could Be Sexual Harassment

Verbal abuse in the context of sexual harassment may be perpetrated in many forms. An aggressor's sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal harassment may become abusive if it is severe enough or if repetition of such conduct occurs in the workplace.

For the victim, rejection of verbal abuse may affect his or her employment, impact work performance or create a hostile work environment in which emotional, economic and psychological damage occur.


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What Is Verbal Abuse As Defined Under Sexual Harassment?

According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), sexual harassment violations involving verbal abuse include:

  • Graphic comments about someone's body
  • Sexually degrading words used to describe a person
  • Suggestive or obscene letters, notes and invitations

Verbal abuse or harassment of a sexual nature could also include threats, unwanted sexual advances or propositions, derogatory comments, slurs, epithets, jokes, catcalls and quid pro quo harassment.

Verbal abuse could be directed at anyone, not necessarily the person who feels victimized by the abusive or harassing language. If you have experienced verbal sexual abuse or any type of harassment in the workplace, it is important to discuss your options with a highly qualified California sexual harassment lawyer.

Verbal Sexual Abuse And Employer Liability

In California, companies that employ at least one person are subject to sexual harassment liability. If a company employs five or more people, it is subject to sexual discrimination liability.

An employer may be liable for damages if quid pro quo or hostile work environment harassment can be proven. Damages may depend on what action the company took to correct the problem, the effectiveness of the measures taken and the impact of compensable damages already suffered by the victim(s).

Proving Employer Liability

For questions about proving employer liability, please see California sexual harassment laws, or contact our office to speak with an experienced attorney. We have years of experience proving claims involving verbal abuse in the workplace and other sexual harassment claims.

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