Santa Barbara Sexual Harassment Attorney
The Santa Barbara sexual harassment lawyers at Melmed Law Group P.C. provide free consultations for victims of sexual harassment across Santa Barbara County. Our experienced sexual harassment attorneys can help you navigate during this difficult time.
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Representing Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment in Santa Barbara
Sexual harassment is still prevalent, and it’s still illegal. Some cases are unreported because employees fear the consequences that may follow after they report sexual harassment. Don’t put up with it, and use the law to work for you. The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) provides employees with the right to work in a non-hostile workplace free from sexual harassment and discrimination.
If you have found yourself as a victim of workplace sexual harassment, our Santa Barbara sexual harassment lawyers may be able to help. We understand that sexual harassment in the workplace is a traumatic experience and that you may not feel comfortable discussing it. We take a sensitive approach and guide our clients through each step of the legal process, answering any questions that they have to ease them during their time of distress.
The harassment attorneys at Melmed Law Group P.C. have significant experience litigating sexual harassment claims, and we don’t just fight for our clients in Santa Barbara County, we’re here to help them heal and move forward with their life.
We offer a free 15-minute consultation with a sexual harassment lawyer to help you evaluate your options and determine the best plan of action for you.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in Santa Barbara County?
According to Santa Barbara’s Anti-Harassment Policy, federal anti-discrimination laws, and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), you may be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace if you are subjected to:
In California, it is unlawful for anyone to harass any person based on their sex. In the workplace, sexual harassment can be in the form of comments, requests, verbal conduct of a sexual nature, gestures, and unwanted physical contact that turns a workplace into a hostile and intimidating environment.
Specific forms of sexual harassment are:
Further, a victim may not be a ‘direct’ victim; someone who witnessed sexual harassment, or who is subject to a sexually hostile work environment, may also have actionable claims for sexual harassment under state and federal law.
Can My Employer Retaliate After I File a Sexual Harassment Claim?
If you report sexual harassment, your employer may retaliate against you, and such retaliation may also be a form of wrongful termination, demotion, reduction in hours of employment, denial of a deserved bonus or raise, relocation to a different department, or exposure to a less favorable condition of employment. This type of retaliation is illegal.
Therefore, it’s highly suggested for anyone experiencing sexual harassment to document the behaviors, gather evidence through copies of internal correspondence, photos, and statements from employees, then speak to an attorney as soon as possible. If one of these adverse consequences occurs to you, our California Sexual Harassment lawyers will stand by your side in Santa Barbara to fight against wrongful termination and employer retaliation in addition to any potential claims for sexual harassment.
Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Sexual Harassment Claim?
There are strict limitations to bringing a sexual harassment claim. To figure out your time limitations, call our office to speak to an attorney to figure out the time limitations. Failing to do so may prevent you from recovering any damages at all.
Free Consultation with a Santa Barbara Sexual Harassment Lawyer
If you or someone you know is or was a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace in Santa Barbara County, reach out to us for a free consultation with one of our Santa Barbara sexual harassment lawyers and learn what we can do for you.