Being the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace can be an extremely upsetting experience. People who are mistreated or have had their jobs put in jeopardy by someone who makes unlawful and inappropriate demands can feel very isolated, helpless and scared.
If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, you might assume one of two things: there is nothing that can be done about it or you will simply file a legal claim. In reality, the solution typically falls somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. You have the right to take legal action, but it can be a little more complicated than you might think.
Sexual harassment claims can seem quite obvious to the victim subjected to such behavior. They might be able to easily recount every comment, gesture or action directed at them. But proving that such events took place can require more concrete evidence than this.
In many successful claims, there exists proof in the form of written exchanges, witness accounts and even human resources records. With this information, it may be possible to prove not only that a person was mistreated or abused on the job, but that his or her claims were ignored.
Understandably, many victims of harassment do not fully understand or feel unable to take the steps to hold the appropriate parties accountable. This is why it can be helpful to speak with an attorney if you feel that you are the victim of harassment. Having the guidance of an attorney can help you determine what you need to pursue a claim.
Protecting yourself and your job against the unlawful actions of another party can seem intimidating, but there are resources in place that empower employees to hold people accountable. To better understand what these resources are, victims of harassment are welcome to visit our page on sexual harassment or discrimination in California.