Sexual harassment, sexual assaults, and employment discrimination frequently go unreported because victims are afraid of retaliation or publicity. If you need a sexual harassment attorney in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, or Imperial Counties or elsewhere in Northern California or Southern California, we are here to help. Our firm has extensive experience handling a wide range of employment matters while also protecting your privacy and your rights. If you suffered abuse from coworkers, clients, or supervisors, you have the right to compensation and a safe working environment. Some questions to consider are: Has the victim reported the abuse, and no action was taken? Did the employer try to downplay the issue? Were there steps the employer should have taken to prevent or remedy hostile environment or harassment in the workplace? Did failure to conduct a thorough background check compromise the safety of other employees? Could problems have been prevented by utilizing safer working conditions?
OUR EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERTISE
Prior to founding Cross Prescott APC, Natalie Prescott handled high-stakes employment matters while working at the world’s largest law firm. While representing employers in class actions and discrimination lawsuits, Ms. Prescott learned how companies operate and the steps necessary to remedy unfair employment practices. She was trained by some of the nation’s top employment law professors and attorneys. Eventually, she became recognized for her expertise in employment discrimination and received numerous invitations to present at national conferences and seminars on job-related issues. In addition, Ms. Prescott authored numerous articles, briefs, and presentations on employment issues, including:
- University of San Diego Law School, Labor & Employment Law Seminar (2007), Guest Speaker
- Campbell Law School, Symposium on Employment & Immigration Law (2007), Speaker
- English Only at Work, Por Favor, 9 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Empl. L. 445 (2007), Author
- Employers on the Fence: A Guide to the Immigratory Workplace, 29 Campbell L. Rev. 181 (2007), Author
- Immigration Reform Fuels Employment Discrimination, 55 Drake L. Rev. 1 (2006), Author
Additionally, Oleg Cross has extensive employment law experience, including:
- Representing clients in employment class actions, overtime claims, misclassification claims, and other employment-related matters.
- Representing a housekeeper of a royal family in a sexual harassment case against their employer. The case settled after Mr. Cross was able to prove that the member of the royal family did not enjoy diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention, as he had falsely claimed.
We have the drive and the compassion necessary to handle the toughest discrimination and harassment cases. We represent sexual harassment and discrimination victims on contingency, offer a free consultation, and charge no attorney’s fees unless you win your case.
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as:
- Unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors
- Verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature
- Comments that are gender-specific, even if not of a sexual nature
- Offensive remarks about a person’s gender
- Both victim and the harasser can be women or men
- The victim and harasser can be the same gender
- The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
The EEOC explains: “Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).”
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
- A boss or coworker makes sexual jokes, stares, or touches you
- A boss insinuates that you will get a promotion or other reward if you develop a “special relationship” with him or her.
- Someone puts up sexually graphic posters, photos, or magazines where you can see them.
- A coworker forwards you jokes or photos that are sexual in nature or make you uncomfortable.
- A boss belittles you or uses sexist or demeaning terms when talking about you.
- Men tease their male coworker and make innuendos about his sexual orientation.
- Sexual jokes, name calling and innuendos, intrusive questions, spreading rumors that are sexual in nature.
These are just some of the most common examples, but there are many others. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, call us now for your free consultation. We do not charge any upfront fees to handle your case. If we win your case, we will collect a percentage of your winnings or seek attorney’s fees directly from your employer, and you will not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless we win.
EMPLOYMENT LAW STATISTICS
Sexual harassment is prevalent in the United States. In 2011, the EEOC registered 11,364 claims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Although women are the most frequent victims of harassment, claims by men are also on the rise. Last year alone, 16.3% of harassment claims were filed by men.
Sexual harassment claims are particularly severe and detrimental. The victims’ physical and mental health is often compromised, as is their employment status. The EEOC reports that in 2011, $52.3 million went to the victims of harassment to compensate them for their injuries. This figure does not include any actual lawsuits and jury awards, which can be significant, depending on the severity of the unfair conduct.