A supervisor corners you in a storage room, demanding sexual favors in return for shift change. A co-worker sends insulting emails about your alleged sexual preferences. Your boss makes a comment about your legs every time you what by. What do all of these real-life scenarios have in common? They are examples of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Unwelcome, unsolicited sexual advances or derogatory comments in the workplace entail sexual harassment. It may be as seemingly harmless as a passing comment or may even be a full-blown attack. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a quid pro attack or abuse, call us. Our experienced sexual harassment lawyer will help you.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual, physical, or verbal conduct in the workplace and is against federal and California law. There are two categories of sexual harassment:
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when employment is conditioned on the submission to unwelcome sexual advances. This condition can be express (such as a supervisor saying “If you want to keep your job, you’d better have sex with me”) or implied.
The more frequent type of sexual harassment, hostile environment harassment, generally occurs when the employee’s work environment is made hostile or abusive by sexual misconduct or discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines a hostile work environment as harassment that establishes a work environment a reasonable person would view as intimidating, hostile or offensive.
There are several federal laws that prohibit sexual harassment, including Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.