Answering Questions About Workplace Harassment Claims
Many people in the East Bay Area have suffered sexual harassment by co-workers or their employers. People often ask us questions about these types of claims, so we wanted to provide you with some basic information about these cases and what the employment law attorneys here at Winton Strauss Law Group, P.C., can do to help you with your claim.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment can take many forms. It can be unwanted romantic attention from a co-worker. It can be inappropriate touching from a boss or superior. It might be the promise of a raise or a promotion in exchange for sex. Any of these acts could potentially lead to allegations of sexual harassment or claims of a hostile work environment.
What Is A Hostile Work Environment?
This means that the conditions in your workplace make it impossible for you to do your job. Whether this is other employees acting out against you or talking behind your back, it basically refers to conduct that singles you out for negative attention when you are at work. Sexual harassment allegations and hostile work environment claims often go together.
What Should I Do If I Have Been A Victim Of Sexual Harassment?
You should report the conduct to your employer and talk to an experienced attorney about your case. You need to know exactly what options are available to you, and a lawyer can help you take the right steps to protect your interests throughout your claim.
Can My Employer Fire Me If I Claim That I Was Sexually Harassed?
Employers cannot fire employees in retaliation for making a sexual harassment claim. If you do not have an employment contract, however, you could potentially be terminated for any reason, as California is an at-will state. That means employers can fire you at any time. Proving you were terminated for making a sexual harassment allegation can be extremely difficult without the help of an experienced attorney.