California Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Attorney
California sexual harassment lawyers protecting employees from workplace harassment
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. You have the right to work in an environment that is safe from unwelcome sexual advances. If you are dealing with verbal or physical sexual harassment in the workplace, you have a legal right to seek protection. At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, our sexual harassment lawyers offer a free initial consultation where we can discuss your case and help you to choose the right course of action. The state and federal governments have passed a number of laws against discrimination to protect the employee against a hostile work environment. Hostile, intimidating or offensive working conditions interfere with employee work performance. When this type of conduct is based on the individual’s sex, the harassment is referred to as sexual harassment, which is prohibited by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and by Title VII under federal law. Sexual harassment laws prohibit an employer from directly threatening or implying that any of the following depend on granting sexual favors:
- Your wages
- Work shifts
- Career development options
Furthermore, unwanted sexual advances, flirtations, propositions or sexually verbal and graphic abuse, such as describing someone in sexually degrading terms or using sexually suggestive pictures or objects, are also forms of sexual harassment. Same-sex harassment is also unlawful, and the legal system provides remedies for victims of sex discrimination and other illegal employment practices. A California sexual harassment attorney at Aiman-Smith & Marcy will use every option available under the law to get justice for you.
Seeking justice for victims of sex discrimination
Akin to sexual harassment is discrimination based on sex. Sex discrimination occurs when you are treated less favorably than similarly-situated employees on the basis of your sex. Discrimination on the basis of sex can take form in the following conditions:
- Less pay for the same work
- Being passed over for raises or promotions
- Being told you have less chance of advancing or being promoted
- Being given less favorable assignments.
Sex discrimination can occur intentionally or unintentionally, overtly or covertly. In any case, when an employer bases employment decisions primarily on sex or denies you your rights based on sex, the law has been violated and you have grounds to sue your employer. If you are the victim of sex discrimination, seek the advice of our California workplace harassment lawyers. Pregnancy discrimination is a specific type of sex discrimination affecting women who, as a result of becoming pregnant, have been fired, denied promotions or otherwise treated less favorably because they are pregnant. Pregnancy discrimination is prohibited in California under the FEHA.
At Aiman-Smith & Marcy, our California sexual harassment attorneys have a great deal of experience handling cases of sex discrimination and sexual harassment. We have successfully litigated cases involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and same-sex sexual harassment.
Contact a California sexual harassment lawyer today
Our practice is dedicated to upholding your rights against sex discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, please call us at 510-817-2711 or contact us online for a free consultation with one of our attorneys, Randall Aiman-Smith, Reed Marcy or Hallie Von Rock. Our office is located near the Oakland Coliseum off Highway 880, 66th Avenue exit. We welcome the opportunity to review and discuss your legal concerns.