Rancaño & Rancaño
Modesto Sexual Harrasment Lawyers
Women are usually the victims of employment related sexual harassment but men can also be harassed.
Often, the harasser is of the same gender and California law makes no distinction between heterosexual or homosexual harassment. Both types of harassment violate the law.
Sexual harassment may be easy to identify in the most extreme situations involving unwanted touching or direct promises of benefits in exchange for sex; however, the majority of cases involve more indirect conduct.
It takes an experienced lawyer, one familiar with the latest case law, codes, and regulations, to recognize what is and what is not a legitimate claim of sexual harassment.
There Are Two Types Of Sexual Harassment Under California Law
For a valid claim of sexual harassment to exist in the workplace, California legal decisions recognize two distinct forms of harassment:
- Quid Pro Quo
- Hostile Work Environment
QUID PRO QUO
The first, called quid pro quo, is the most familiar, yet the least likely to occur.
Quid pro quo harassment occurs when one aspect of the employment relationship is conditioned upon submission to undesired sexual advances. Unwanted sexual propositions are a common example of this type of harassment.
HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
The second form of sexual harassment involves what is commonly known as a “hostile work environment.”
This occurs when the harassment is so pervasive as to alter the employment conditions and create what is considered to be an abusive work environment.
Sexual advances are not necessary under this theory, only that the hostile environment was created on account of the employee’s gender. Here, the employee must eventually prove that the harassing conduct was so severe, widespread, or persistent that a reasonable person in the employee’s circumstances would have considered the work environment to be hostile or abusive.
The employee must also subjectively consider the work environment to be hostile or abusive.
Examples Of Sexual Harassment
Some examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to the situations where the following becomes a severe or pervasive problem:
- Sexual propositions, asking for dates.
- Offensive physical contact such as hugging, kissing, or physical contact of a sexual nature.
- Lewd gestures, remarks, or sexual innuendos.
- Sexually offensive literature such as magazines, porn, posters or photographs.
- Sexually oriented jokes or comments, even when not directed at the offended employee.
We also handle cases of harassment that are not sexually based. These types of harassment are equally as serious and need to be addressed accordingly. Also, retaliation by employers, such as wrongful termination, is illegal. Let us help you hold the guilty parties responsible.
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At Rancaño & Rancaño all initial consultations are free, and all cases are handled on a contingency basis.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, your well-being and your rights are our first priority.
At Rancaño & Rancaño, with offices in Modesto, Stockton, and Sacramento, we bring more than 20 years of experience representing victims of sexual harassment.
Our firm has successfully represented and fought for clients in numerous cases throughout the greater Modesto area.
YOU MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY
People who seek representations early on in their claim have the best outcomes. Call us for a free consultation immediately if you are a victim of sexual harassment at your workplace in Modesto.
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We will fight to ensure that you receive full and just compensation for your losses. And we will go to trial to take on major corporations and insurance companies if necessary. Let us take care of every detail of your claim, so you can concentrate on the most important part – your recovery.