A previous post on this blog discussed how many, if not most, Los Angeles victims of sexual harassment have to jump through a few extra hoops in order to get justice following their ordeal. Specifically, claims involving a hostile work environment, such as a supervisor making or allowing lewd comments or systemically inappropriate behavior, normally have to be reported through internal channels before a victim can take the matter to court.
This is only one of the problems with hostile environment claims. In addition to procedural hoops, a victim has to deal with the fact that the employer did not, technically speaking, do anything like fire or demote the victim. In practice, most employers are smart enough not to explicitly punish an employee for being unwilling to engage in sexual conduct. The victim is therefore left having to show how his or her environment got so bad that he or she had to leave work.
Moreover, as with any discrimination claim, it is rare day when an employer comes out and admits that they sexually harassed one of its employers or allowed management or other employees to do so. Usually, wrongdoing is covered up and even documented as innocent joking or material that is minor and unrelated to the real issues.
The bottom line is that sexual harassment victims often need a strong advocate, like the legal professionals who work at our law office, to stand up for their rights and get the justice they deserve. With over 45 years' experience, we can help our clients feel safe and protected when they are work.