Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
No Recovery, No Fee. Call Now
Local: 310-597-4786
Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Meeting Our Clients' Diverse Legal Needs for Over 45 Years

Anonymity and sexual harassment in Los Angeles

Workplace sexual harassment thrives on embarrassment. The perpetrator feels that the victim will be too embarrassed to report inappropriate behavior, and so feels free to continue harassing the victim. Even those who do go ahead and report the harassment often feel ashamed or humiliated by something that wasn't their fault. For this and other reasons, California courts sometimes allow plaintiffs in sexual harassment lawsuits remain anonymous in official documents.

This practice came up for debate recently in a lawsuit filed against the chief of staff of a member of the Los Angeles City Council. A former employee of the council member's office sued the city, claiming that she was forced to quit her job due to discrimination and repeated harassment by the chief of staff. She claims that he repeatedly made inappropriate jokes and comments of a sexual nature.

Court filings have protected the woman's anonymity by referring to her only as "Jane Doe." City attorneys argue that her identity should not be protected. In court papers, they argued that when the defendant is the government, it is especially important that legal proceedings must be transparent and open to the public.

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex or gender. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited. California laws also provide protections against sexual harassment.

Despite these protections, those who have suffered wrongful termination due to sexual discrimination or sexual harassment face many hurdles before they can see justice done through the court system. Los Angeles attorneys with experience in these difficult cases can help those who have suffered due to sexual harassment in the workplace to understand their rights and assess their legal options.

Source: Post-Periodical, "City Attorneys: Accuser Should Disclose Name," May 13, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Standing Up For Employees And Consumers In California

Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

No Recovery, No Fee.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.

Law Offices of Allan A. Sigel, P.C.
1125 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Toll Free: 800-651-0702
Phone: 310-597-4786
Fax: 310-208-7271
Los Angeles Law Office Map

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | For Ethical Standard and Legal Ability 2010
  • BBB Accredited Business