San Francisco Sexual Harassment Lawyers
Welcome to Miracle Mile Law Group San Francisco. We are strong advocates for employees who suffer sexual harassment in the workplace. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, call our San Francisco Sexual Harassment Lawyers today for a free confidential consultation as you have rights and possible damages for your claim.
This is personal for us. We know the difference between right and wrong and have based our entire careers on reminding others of that distinction.
Respected San Francisco sexual harassment lawyers
Every worker has the right to feel safe and secure when they do their job whether it’s an office worker, a delivery worker, a professional, a construction worker, a healthcare worker, or any other type of worker. Safety and security include protecting workers from sexual harassment while they are doing their job – wherever they are doing their job.
Sexual harassment generally includes pressures to perform any sexual acts against your will. Sexual harassment also includes being subject to workplace misconduct that makes a worker feel uncomfortable at work because of anything sexual – such as lewd comments or sending sexual communications.
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Francisco sexual harassment lawyers hold employers accountable who violate federal and state sexual harassment laws. We file claims before administrative agencies and in court. Our trial attorneys demand that victims of sexual harassment be paid for their physical and emotional harm, for any financial damages, and for all the ways sexual harassment affects your ability to do your job comfortably and professionally.
Frequently asked questions regarding Workplace San Francisco Sexual Harassment
- What sexual harassment laws protect San Francisco employees?
- What conduct is considered sexual harassment in San Francisco?
- Which types of sexual harassment conduct must my employer monitor?
- What damages can I demand if a San Francisco employer violates a federal or state sexual harassment law?
- What should I do if I’ve been sexually harassed at my San Francisco job?
What sexual harassment laws protect San Francisco employees?
If you are feeling pressured or uncomfortable at work because of your sexual identity, your employer may be violating federal or California sexual harassment laws. Our San Francisco sexual harassment lawyers understand the laws that apply including:
- The US Civil Rights Act – Title VII. Federal law provides that “harassment on the basis of sex is a violation of section 703 of title VII of the US Civil Rights Act. Sexual harassment is defined as follows:
“Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.”
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the agency that enforces the Civil Rights Act), sexual harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature. It can include offensive remarks. “Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.”
- California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This law protects women and men from sexual harassment in the workplace. “All employers, regardless of the number of employees, are covered by the harassment provisions of California law.”
- Employers are liable if their supervisors or agents commit sexual harassment. San Francisco and other California employers must take reasonable steps to prevent harassment.
- Employers may also be “liable for the harassment by a non-employee (for example, a client or customer) of an employee, applicant, or person providing services for the employer – if the employer “knew or should have known of the harassment, and failed to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.”
- Sexual harassment programs to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace are mandated by law.
If you or someone you know is suffering workplace sexual harassment, call our San Francisco sexual harassment attorneys. We’ll assert your rights.
What conduct is considered sexual harassment in San Francisco?
Generally, sexual harassment is categorized as follows:
- “’Quid pro quo’ (Latin for “this for that”) sexual harassment is when someone conditions a job, promotion, or other work benefit on your submission to sexual advances or other conduct based on sex” Quid pro quo sexual harassment also includes threatening an employee with adverse events such as termination or demotion if they fail to comply with the sexual advance. Normally, just one quid pro quo action is enough to file a complaint.
- “’Hostile work environment’ sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome comments or conduct based on sex unreasonably interferes with your work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. You may experience sexual harassment even if the offensive conduct was not aimed directly at you.” Behaviors that may be sexual harassment
- “Unwanted sexual advances
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors
- Leering; gestures; or displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons, or posters
- Derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, or jokes
- Graphic comments, sexually degrading words, or suggestive or obscene messages or invitations
- Physical touching or assault, as well as impeding or blocking movement.”
Which types of sexual harassment conduct must my employer monitor?
Employers must take action to prevent sexual harassment and take corrective actions when it occurs. This includes having written policies that explain the relevant laws, the rights of employees, how complaints will be handled, and the retaliation actions for filing a complaint that are not permitted. Employers must monitor sexual harassment by the employer, managers, supervisors, agents of the company, clients, contractors, vendors, co-workers, non-employees who access the workplace, and others.
Both genders are protected. Sexual harassment does not require financial harm.
What damages can I demand if a San Francisco employer violates a federal or state sexual harassment law?
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Francisco sexual harassment attorneys demand seek enforcement of your civil remedies which can include:
- Job reinstatement
- Financial damages if you lost your job, income, or benefits due to a firing, demotion, or other adverse employment action
- Damages for emotional distress
- Statutory damages
- Changes in the policies and procedures of the employer
FEHA requires that San Francisco companies with 50 or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisory employees every two years.
What should I do if I’ve been sexually harassed at my San Francisco job?
At Miracle Mile Law Group, our San Francisco sexual harassment lawyers understand how traumatic any type of sexual harassment is. Your rights and your dignity have been violated. Your trust in your employer has been destroyed. We work with experienced counselors and psychologists who can help you understand and treat your emotional concerns.
We help you practically as well as legally. We’ll address what steps to take to stop the harassment immediately. We review your employer’s policies and their failure to control and monitor any sexual harassment. We’ll help you obtain text messages, emails, web postings, performance records, and other documentation that support your version of events. We’ll explain how you can keep a journal and where you can store the journal away from the office. We’ll speak with any witnesses including coworkers who may also be subject to sexual harassment.
We’ll guide you through each phase of the claim from stopping the harassment to holding the employer accountable.
Contact Miracle Mile Law Group’s Sexual Harassment Lawyers Today
You have the right to stop sexual harassment now. If your employer violated the sexual harassment laws of California or the United States, you have the right to damages. Speak with our San Francisco sexual harassment attorneys at Miracle Mile Law Group to assert your rights. You do not pay a single penny unless we are able to obtain compensation on your behalf. Call us at (888) 244-0706 or contact us for a FREE case evaluation.