Your California workplace should be safe and free from hostility, but unfortunately, that may not always be the case. If you have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct, you may need help in order to correct the situation and to prevent it from reoccurring. We here at the Kaufman Law Firm understand the damaging effects that workplace harassment can have, and we want to stand with the victims to put a stop to the mistreatment.
If you are being harassed at work, there are several important steps you should take to protect yourself and bring about justice. First, do not give any appearance of encouraging the inappropriate behavior. In some cases, the person accused of misconduct claims that the victim seemed to enjoy it, thereby making his or her behavior consensual. If a co-worker or employer acts in a sexually inappropriate way, report it immediately through your company's proper channels. If a report is written up, keep a copy of it so that you can produce it as proof as needed in the future.
You should also create your own written account of the incident. Recording what happened as soon as possible after it occurs will help you to remember more details, and it may make your testimony more credible. However, be sure to include only details related to the offense. Do not clutter your report with unrelated grievances you may have with your co-workers or company. Another important step to take, preferably even before misconduct occurs, is to know your company's policies and procedures. You should know your rights and how to protect them in an appropriate fashion in your particular situation. You can find more information about inappropriate behavior in the workplace on our web page.