Los Angeles Workplace Sexual Harassment Attorney
exual harassment can occur at any level of employment, and frequently happens between a superior and their subordinate. Because of this power imbalance, the employee may feel unable to report the problem for fear of retaliation. Sexual harassment can produce far-reaching emotional and financial consequences for the victim. When you are unsure where to turn for justice, a Los Angeles employment attorney can help explain your rights and fight for you in a court of law.
Blackstone Law is a leading Los Angeles sexual harassment law firm, providing each client with aggressive representation and quality care. Sexual harassment cases can have damaging effects on victims, which is why it is so important to employ a sexual harassment attorney you can trust throughout the process. Operating under the pillars of honesty and integrity, we treat each client as we would treat a family member in order to build a relationship that goes beyond your sexual harassment case.
How Do I Know If I’m a Victim of Workplace Sexual Harassment?
Frequently, when abusers are confronted with the reality of their sexual harassment, they may try to excuse their behavior as workplace banter. Worse still, many victims may be hesitant to come forward because they do not believe their experiences constitute harassment or are worried about retaliation. The most fundamental tenet of sexual harassment is that the behavior or speech was unwelcome and offensive to the victim. While the law does not supply a comprehensive list of offenses, it does provide useful guidance. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the workplace harassment may meet the following criteria:
- Quid pro quo: The behavior may be considered quid pro quo harassment if the accuser requests sexual favors in exchange for rewards, promotions, or as a way to avoid punishment.
- Hostile work environment: When the harassment is prolonged, rather than isolated, it may constitute a hostile work environment. This can include behavior, threats, jokes, or speech that intimidate and offend the victim.
Sexual harassment can be extremely emotional, and anyone can be a victim. In addition to the emotional distress, you may feel unsure about your financial future. When making a preliminary determination as to whether you are or were subjected to workplace sexual harassment, consider the context of the behavior, the frequency of the offense, as well as the nature of the business.
How Do I Recover from Sexual Harassment?
Before filing a lawsuit, you may wish to (or in some cases have to) file a complaint with the appropriate governing bodies, such as the EEOC or the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”). Do not hesitate to consult with a sexual harassment attorney prior to filing a complaint. This may be particularly advisable in cases where you are likely to face retaliation.
For many victims of sexual harassment, the path to recovery involves bringing a case before a judge. By pursuing a court case, victims can hold the perpetrators of wrongdoing responsible for their actions. They can also collect all due benefits and compensation. There are also ways lawyers can keep victims’ identities confidential. Aside from pursuing a court case, some tips for victims recovering from sexual harassment are:
- Do not blame yourself: Many victims of sexual harassment, or any sexual crime, will blame themselves, stating they could have done something differently to prevent the abuse. You are never to blame for someone else choosing to abuse you.
- Accept what happened: As a victim of sexual harassment, you may face retaliation and gaslighting from your abuser. Being able to accept and validate what you went through will be especially healing as you recover from that abuse.
- Talk to someone: Talking with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist can be extremely helpful as you recover from sexual harassment at the workplace.
- Journal: If you are someone who finds solace in writing down your thoughts, journaling can be a great way to work through your thoughts and feelings regarding your abuse.
What Should I Look for in a Sexual Harassment Attorney?
Sexual harassment cases frequently involve sensitive information. When selecting an attorney, you should search for one who can become your partner throughout the litigation process. A Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyer needs access to all the relevant details of your case, and you will want to find trustworthy counsel who will advocate for your rights. Some other characteristics to look for in a sexual harassment lawyer are:
- An award-winning legal team
- A law firm that values honesty
- A law firm that sees clients as family rather than just another case
- A law firm with excellent client testimonials and great results
Why Blackstone Law for a Sexual Harassment Case?
As lawyers, we constantly strive to uphold the rights of the individual, as guaranteed by the justice system. We conduct ourselves to the letter of the law with an emphasis on preserving your legal entitlements. Our focus is on providing exceptional representation, clarity, compassion, and honesty.
Every sexual harassment case is unique, and all sexual harassment lawyers have a different case management style. Although we cannot promise a quick fix, we will stay in constant contact as your case progresses and work to manage your expectations at every stage of the process. Whenever you have questions, you will be able to reach your lawyer for a quick response. Your best interests are our highest priority, whether that means negotiating a settlement or proceeding to trial. When you need dedicated, determined, and honest legal representation, contact the experienced Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers at Blackstone Law.
If you would like to learn more about workplace sexual harassment lawsuits, consider reviewing our guide to California Employment Law. In this guide, we delve into more detail about your rights as an employee, as well as the legal obligations of your employer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our talented employment lawyers, contact us here or call (310) 956-4054.