While most workers in California understand that sexual harassment is illegal, they may not realize that there is more than one way this type of abuse can occur. Some actions may be direct and obvious, but others can be more difficult to recognize. We at the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton can help you notice the signs of abuse and fight for your rights and protection.
According to Findlaw.com, the first kind of harassment involves a hostile work environment. In order to verify your claim, the court will want a recording of the method of harassment and how frequently it occurred. They will also want to know whether others in the workplace joined in the harassment and what role the harasser held at your place of employment. In some situations, harassment can be directed at more than one individual, but the conduct must be shown to be based on sex, unwelcome and responsible for an offensive work environment.
The other type of harassment is quid quo pro. This type of abuse can be proven from a single instance, rather than consistent actions. For instance, if a manager or supervisor threatens you with dismissal if you do not kiss him or her, you can submit a quid pro quo claim. Requirements of physical affection in order to achieve or retain raises and promotions can also qualify as this type of harassment.
While there are many actions that can qualify as sexual harassment, your claim must fall into either of these categories. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.