Wherever you work, you deserve to be treated with respect and fairness. However, as many employees in California know, there are far too many places where that basic right is not upheld. Unfortunately, when this happens, it is not always a case of simply being able to ignore it and walk away. If you are being harassed or otherwise mistreated at work you may be worried about what will happen if you complain, especially if your complaint is about one or more of your superiors.
You might also worry that you will not be taken seriously. For example, as this article on employee rights explains, some people believe that sexual harassment is only ever enacted by men against women. However, this is certainly not the case. Anyone can become the target of sexual harassment and it can come from anywhere.
For example, coworkers making explicit jokes that cause you to feel uncomfortable may count as harassment, particularly if you have made it clear that you are unhappy with so jokes being made in your presence or at your expense. Of course, it is not always easy to express such feelings, but there is a burden of responsibility on your employer to protect you from harassment.
If you report a harassment issue, your superiors should take it seriously and take action to resolve the problem. However, this does not always happen. Similarly, where possible, your employer should provide training to raise awareness about sexual harassment, how to identify it, and how to confront it.
If you have experienced harassment in your place of work, you might be unsure where to turn. Fortunately, an attorney might be able to assist you. He or she can advise you of your rights and may be able to assist you with filing a claim against those responsible for your mistreatment.