In California, a surprising number of workers experience unfair treatment every day, at the hands of their colleagues or even employers. This can come in many forms, but one particularly distressing and harmful form of mistreatment is sexual harassment. This affects both male and female employees and can seriously diminish an individual's confidence, emotional well-being and even their ability to do their job.
Harassment can take many forms, from unwanted physical contact, to lewd comments or solicitation of sexual acts. In other cases it can involve derogatory comments based on a person's gender or appearance or even suggestive or otherwise offensive notes left around the workplace. Some employees are even targeted with blackmail, in attempts to force them to accept harassment for fear of compromising their employment position.
As this article on employee rights explains, it is important to take whatever steps you can to end the harassment. This is not always easy as it may be embarrassing or intimidating to confront those involved or to report the details of your experience. It can be extremely helpful to make a note of any incidences of harassment you go through, not only for the sake of evidence, but so you have something to show to your employer if you feel unable to speak to them directly about the problem.
You deserve to be treated with respect in your place of work as much as in any other part of your life. Do not be afraid to stand up for your rights and pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. While it may seem like a daunting task, an attorney may be able to support you. He or she might also offer advice on your options and guide you through the legal processes associated with your claim.