What Can I Do If I Am Being Sexually Harassed by My Boss?

The Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers at Moore Ruddell LLP, are here to provide support, and legal advice during what can be an incredibly challenging time. If you’re being sexually harassed by your boss, it’s essential to know that you have rights, and we are here to help you uphold them.

Understand What Constitutes Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment involves any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This behavior becomes unlawful when it is implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of your employment when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment decisions, or when such behavior has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with your work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Document the Incidents

The first practical step you can take is to document every incident. Write down what happened, where and when it took place, and if there were any witnesses. Save any inappropriate texts, emails, or gifts your boss may have sent you. All these may serve as key evidence if you decide to file a complaint or lawsuit.

Confront Your Boss (If You Feel Safe to Do So)

If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, confront your boss about their behavior. Clearly express that their advances or comments are unwelcome and inappropriate. This step can sometimes resolve the issue, but we understand that it may not always be possible given the power dynamics involved.

Report to Human Resources

If the harassment continues or if confronting your boss is not a viable option, report the situation to your company’s Human Resources (HR) department. Make sure to provide them with all the evidence you’ve collected and keep a record of your communication with HR for your records.

Seek Legal Advice

If your employer fails to take action or if the situation worsens, you should seek legal advice. At Moore Ruddell LLP, we can review your case, provide guidance on your rights and potential remedies, and discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against your employer for failing to address the harassment.

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