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Sexual Harassment Lawyer Palo Alto

The bottom line is that no one should experience sexual harassment on the job. It can be far more damaging than you may realize and can negatively affect not only your current work experience and performance but also your entire career. If you’ve been sexually harassed at work, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced sexual harassment lawyer in Palo Alto in your corner. 

Your Employer’s Responsibility

You may think that if your employer himself or herself isn’t your harasser, he or she couldn’t possibly be held responsible for the problem you are facing. This is not, however, how the law addresses the matter. If your employer knows about the harassment you are experiencing at the hand of a coworker, supervisor, or manager and fails to take the prompt, effective action necessary to address the matter, he or she can be held responsible. Further, if a manager or supervisor – who acts as an agent of your employer – engages in sexual harassment that leads to a verifiable employment action, your employer can be held directly responsible. Such employment actions include:

  • Demotion
  • Termination
  • Denial of an earned promotion

The Law Is on Your Side

There are both state and federal laws that protect employees from sexual harassment. While many employees fear bringing the issue of sexual harassment to light due to fear (or even actual threat) of retaliation, there are also laws that protect you from retaliation. 

Is It Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace can look like any of the following:

  • You are subjected to unwanted sexual advances. 
  • You are subjected to unwanted physical contact that is sexual in nature. 
  • You are subjected to unwanted visual or verbal actions that are sexual in nature, and that can include offensive sexual comments.
  • You receive unwanted requests for sexual favors.

The Time Limitation

Sexual harassment cases have time limitations attached. Prior to 2020, employees had only one year to file a sexual harassment lawsuit, but California law has become more enlightened on the matter. Victims of sexual harassment are often confused by the experience, and some do not recognize that it amounts to sexual harassment until someone else calls it by its name (by filing a case of their own, for example) or until a pattern of behavior develops (as opposed to isolated incidents). Still, other victims need time to gain the support and drum up the courage necessary to come forward with claims of this magnitude. In an effort to address the very personal and difficult nature of sexual harassment claims, the law has extended the time limit for filing a lawsuit to three years.  

Turn to an Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Palo Alto

The formidable sexual harassment lawyers at Bogaards Law in Palo Alto recognize the gravity of your situation and are committed to skillfully advocating for your legal rights – in pursuit of your case’s optimal outcome. Our practiced legal team is well prepared to help you, so please don’t wait to contact us for your free consultation today.

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