It really should without saying that harassment, of any kind, in the workplace is unlawful. Unfortunately, too many employers do not fully comprehend what constitutes workplace harassment and its consequences. If you have any sort of harassment issue, please read on, then contact an experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment defense attorney to learn what you should know about sexual harassment in the workplace.
What constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace?
Under California law, there are two types of sexual harassment. These forms are as follows:
- Quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment: This form of harassment leads to a tangible employment decision based upon the employee’s acceptance or rejection of unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. For the record, this can also result from unwelcome conduct of a religious nature.
- Hostile work environment harassment: This form of harassment stems from the unwelcome conduct of supervisors, co-workers, customers, contractors or anyone else with whom the victim interacts in the course of his or her job. As a result, this unwelcome conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive workplace atmosphere.
What are the penalties for sexual harassment?
In the Golden State, being accused of perpetrating sexual harassment can cost you more than your business’s capital, it could cost you your freedom. You see, under California law, sexual harassment can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If convicted of a misdemeanor, you, the defendant, can receive up to 6 months in county jail and a maximum fine of $2,000. If the victim worked for you at the time of the alleged incident, this fine may increase to $3,000. A felony conviction carries 1 to 4 years in custody and up to $10,000 in fines and restitution.
That being said, you should take any accusation of sexual harassment seriously and protect yourself and your business by reaching out to a skilled Los Angeles County, California employment attorney.
How can a Los Angeles labor lawyer help you?
A qualified legal representative from our firm can provide you with a vigorous defense against any accusations of harassment in the workplace. We can even assist you in developing company policies and procedures to prevent all acts of harassment. By drafting guidelines, you can detail what you expect of your employees and all others associated with your company as well as send a strong message that this behavior will not be tolerated. If you still face accusations, your lawyer can disprove them by collecting and presenting exculpatory evidence to the appropriate entities. Our firm is here to help you in any way we can.
Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Firm
Whether you are an employer or an employee involved in an employment-related dispute, you can rely on the legal team here at Lee Law Offices to fight for you. Our firm has significant experience in matters involving church and commercial litigation. Contact us today so we can discuss your situation and determine the best path forward.