Thanks to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employees have the right to a workplace free of “unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.” The law also prohibits workplace harassment based on gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Retaliating Against Employees for Reporting Sexual Harassment Is Against Federal Law
Sadly, when sexual harassment does occur, employees are often hesitant to report it to their employer due to a fear of facing negative consequences. Fortunately, the very law that gives employees the right to a harassment-free workplace also protects them from retaliation for filing a complaint, assisting in an investigation or testifying in a sexual harassment-related proceeding. FEHA prohibits unlawful retaliation in the form of poor performance reviews, demotions to lower-ranking positions, assignments to less favorable shifts or positions, termination, and other negative employment actions.
When an employee reports sexual harassment, California law requires employers to complete a thorough investigation and take prompt action against offenders if the investigation confirms the complaint. However, if employers fail to uphold their duty under the law, employees may have to fight for their rights. When that happens, an experienced California personal injury attorney can help.
Consult a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Attorney
If you experienced sexual harassment in the workplace—or retaliation for filing a sexual harassment complaint—the skilled personal injury attorneys with the Inland Empire Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may even be entitled to both economic and non-economic compensation for damages.
Don't let someone else's inappropriate workplace behavior put your own career in jeopardy. The Inland Empire Law Group represents California sexual harassment clients from offices in Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation. We're eager to help you fight for the justice you deserve.