Los Angeles, CA- Are you being sexually harassed in your California workplace? Did you file a complaint with your employer? Do you know your rights? Do you know what actions your employer must take? Some of you might, but others might not so USAttorneys will discuss some of your Los Angeles employer’s responsibilities in the wake of a sexual harassment complaint.
Your employer should take your allegations seriously. Too often, employers fail to take complaints of sexual harassment seriously and mistakenly think it will work itself out. In some cases, employers think the reporting employee is exaggerating or blowing things out of proportion. Your employer has a duty to conduct an investigation and reprimand the harassing employee.
If your employer is not taking your allegation seriously, you need to contact the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment and the Equal Opportunity Commission. We also suggest you speak with a sexual harassment lawyer in Los Angeles to help you build a claim so you can recover your lost wages.
Your employer should investigate your claims by speaking to you, the accused and any coworker who may have witnessed the harassment. These interviews will give your employer the information they need to decide how to act. If they don’t resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you can speak to an outside party to see what your next course of action should be.
Your employer can turn to third party to conduct the investigation if they so choose. This could benefit you since the third party will be un-biased and could look at your complaints more objectively.
Your employer has a responsibility to keep you complaint confidential, so that you aren’t subjected to retaliation from the harasser or other coworkers. They should not divulge any details about the complaint and avoid identifying the parties involved. Employees often take sides and hostility among coworkers can develop over a complaint and the workplace becomes more and more toxic.
Your employer has a responsibility to shield you from retaliation. Employers are sometimes tempted to punish the person filing the complaint by cutting their hours, denying them a promotion or firing them. It’s knee-jerk reaction that is often easier to prove than the actual sexual harassment. Retaliation is ill-advised and just about guarantees a costly lawsuit.
A sexual harassment complaint will make your employer nervous; that’s just normal and it’s understandable. It is not, however, a valid excuse for ignoring a complaint, hoping it will go away. It won’t and it is likely to escalate into more shocking and inappropriate behavior. Above all, your employer has a responsibility to protect you from workplace abuse whether it is discrimination or harassment.
If you are being discriminated against or are being sexually harassed, USAttorneys can connect you with an employment lawyer in California to discuss if you are eligible for compensation. You can count on our dedicated and professional team of lawyers to stand up for your rights and recover a generous settlement on your behalf.