Sexual Harassment

Tackling Sexual Harassment in Many Forms

Sexual harassment is gender discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). 

The two types of workplace sexual harassment are quid-pro-quo and creation of a hostile work environment. In a quid-pro-quo situation, you are either threatened with retaliation or offered a certain benefit at work based on your willingness to give in to a coworker’s or superior’s sexual advances. In a hostile work environment, inappropriate and demeaning comments are made that can have you dreading to come into work each morning. 

In recent years, the #MeToo movement has shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment. It has also helped bring attention to the many different ways in which sexual harassment can occur, including:

  • Unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature
  • Being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Inappropriate communications including letters, notes, emails, texts, and phone calls
  • The sharing of explicit photos or videos
  • The spreading of sexually-charged rumors
  • Inappropriate sexual gestures, jokes, or implications
  • Retaliation for ending or refusing a sexual or romantic relationship
  • Unwanted gifts of a sexual or romantic nature

If you’d like to learn more about your rights, contact Jeannette for a free consultation at (415) 444-5800 or by filling out a confidential consultation form here.