Workplace Harassment

Workplace Harassment

All employees deserve a working environment free from hostility or abuse. Harassment based on any or a combination of these protected categories is unlawful.




National Origin




Mental Disability

Physical Disability

Medical Conditions (Includes Cancer, HIV/AIDS)




Breastfeeding or Related Medical Conditions

Sexual Orientation

Marital Status

Military and Veteran Status

Types of Workplace sexual harassment

Sexual harassment at work falls into two categories: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. The former occurs when an individual submits to sexual advances to obtain employment benefits. However, the latter occurs when an employee is subjected to an abusive work environment because of sexual harassment.

Employer liability for sexual harassment

Under California FEHA, an employer is strictly (automatically) liable for sexual harassment committed by a supervisor. This applies whether or not the business owner knew about the offense. An employer is also liable for harassment committed by a non-supervisory employee if “the entity or its agents or supervisors knew or should have known of the conduct and fails to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.”

Retaliation for complaining of or opposing sexual harassment is illegal

Under state and federal law, it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who made complaints of or opposed unwelcome sexual advances at work.

Examples of retaliation

Undeserved performance reviews

Reduction in hours



Shift reassignment

Are you a victim of workplace sexual harassment?

If you believe you are a victim of workplace sexual harassment, call us now to schedule your consultation. Our experienced attorney will walk you through your available legal options.