Sexual harassment comes in many forms, and those on the receiving end may not be aware they are even experiencing it. Unfortunately, this type of situation can lead to an employee not reporting the sexual harassment and righting the wrongs they’ve endured.
If you recognize any of the following signs, you may be the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Keep in mind, anybody can be guilty of sexual harassment, and you should know what your rights are to hold the person accountable.
If your coworker, supervisor, or employer flirts with you, it can make you feel uncomfortable. The person on the other end may think that it is harmless to do, but if it becomes a problem, you may find yourself unable to do your job because of it.
While you may not think much of it, people joke about different things in the workplace. When those jokes turn inappropriate and make you uncomfortable to be in an area, this can become sexual harassment. Even worse is if someone tells you the inappropriate joke.
When you work in close proximity with someone, you may be much closer than you want to be. If your coworker touches you in any way that makes you uncomfortable—either on your shoulder or in a sexual nature—you can take the necessary action against your coworker for the unwanted touching.
Some people in positions of power use this authority to try and coerce you into uncomfortable or sexual activities. For instance, your employer may promise you a promotion if you go out with them. Or they may threaten to fire you if you don’t accept their advances.
This act is illegal, and you have rights as an employee to protect yourself.
If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, our Los Angeles employment lawyers are ready to represent your best interests. At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we prioritize your rights so you can have confidence every step of the way. We’ll be your guides throughout the entire process and pursue the outcome you need.