There’s Nothing Sexy About Harassment

The very idea of sexual harassment conjures up an age-old image of the all-powerful male boss quid pro-quo-ing his paycheck-dependant female underling. While gender bias and workplace harassment are still frequently perpetrated by male employees against female co-workers, times have changed.

A staggering number of cases no longer fit the stereotype. Women and men face same and opposite-sex harassment from superiors and coworkers alike. The increase in transgender and transsexual workers has brought its own increase in harassment and unlawful impediments to professional advancement.

Favoritism shown to employees having affairs with the boss may be considered a form of sexual or gender discrimination. If that person consistently receives favorable treatment over other employees, there may be a cause to file a complaint. Going to work is hard enough without illegal, invisible advantages.

Another form of harassment in the area of bullying. This occurs when perpetrators use threats, humiliation, and intimidation to sabotage, abuse, and control their targeted victims. One person’s vindictive and vengeful behavior can expand to involve others in the company who align with the bully, voluntarily or through coercion. This not only impairs business productivity, but it also does a huge disservice to the harassed individuals whose career, reputation, and health have been significantly damaged.

When Gender Needs A Defender

Targeting a person with the intent to shock, aggravate, torment, or terrorize means someone is definitely engaging in harassing behavior. Just as the idea of gender equality grew out of the need for the protection of women’s rights, non-sexual harassment laws have grown out of the need to protect victims attacked on the basis of their religion, politics, ancestry, race, and any number of other factors.

The laws are clear. Under California code, the Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace. To make sure employers comply with the various rules and regulations, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) monitors and enforces obligations under the FEHA.

Harassment hurts. It also violates a worker’s basic civil rights and is punishable by law. If you become the victim of sexual or non-sexual harassment in the Los Angeles area, don’t suffer in silence. Speak up. Our staff can help identify your options before making critical and possibly detrimental career decisions. You may be provided protection under the law and we can prevent an employer from engaging in ruinous retaliation. Our harassment law experts accept qualified cases on a contingency fee basis, so employees pay our employment law firm only when we win money for them.

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