Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment Lawyer | Los Angeles & California

Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwanted sexual conduct which had the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Unwanted sexual conduct can include offensive sexual language or sexual innuendos, and need not actually involve physical touching.

In order to meet the standard for establishing a “hostile work environment,” the harassment complained of must have been sufficiently “severe” or “pervasive.”

One incident of sexual harassment will only be considered sufficient if it is extremely severe in nature. However, ordinarily an employee must show that they were subjected to a series of ongoing unwanted sexual conduct. The repeated instances of sexual harassment increase the perceived “pervasiveness” and make a prospective hostile work environment claim more feasible.

When assessing the offensiveness of the conduct, the court will apply an objective standard of a reasonable person of the same gender. That is to say, the court will ask; “would a reasonable man/woman of the same age/race etc. have considered this conduct offensive?”

Victims of hostile work environment sexual harassment may be entitled to compensation even if no employment opportunity has been denied or there has been no actual loss of pay or benefits. If you have been sexually harassed at work, call our office today for a 100% Confidential FREE Consultation.

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