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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

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HAVE YOU BEEN WRONGFULLY TERMINATED AFTER A PREGNANCY OR TREATED WRONGFULLY DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?

Our Modesto Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer Protects Families

It is hard to imagine something more exciting than adding a new member to your family. However, there is also much stress involved during this time. For example, you have to plan a baby shower, prenatal visits and prepare your home for your new baby. The one thing you should not need to worry about is keeping your job. Nonetheless, employers are not always unparalleled examples of fairness. According to an article in February 2018 by The Washington Post, the U.S. is one of the lowest ranking countries for maternity leave benefits. Worse, many mothers in the U.S. face illegal retaliation tactics if they become pregnant. If you have questions about maternity leave and your rights, a Modesto pregnancy discrimination lawyer from our firm can help.

At Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger, we believe that mothers have the right to take time away from work after having a baby. Our firm understands how important family is and how employers can sometimes treat expecting mothers unfairly. No mother should live in fear that she will be fired from her job just for becoming pregnant. If you have returned to work and feel that you are being discriminated against, our pregnancy leave lawyers can help.

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When Is Sexual Harassment a Crime in California?

Often times, people ask how sexual harassment is defined. This is because most people do not know when sexual harassment is a crime. These are important questions because identifying sexual harassment is paramount to preventing it. To help this, there are inappropriate activities that the Equal Opportunity Commission has defined as illegal. These guidelines can be used to determine what behavior is and is not considered a crime.

Some of the most common behavior that can constitute a sexual harassment claim involves:

  • Physical Touching: Any unwanted touching, assault or unwanted physical interference in the workplace is unlawful. A coworker physically interacting with another employee is generally inappropriate and can be considered a form of sexual harassment.
  • Unwanted Advances: Unwanted sexual advances are a serious offense. In some cases, an employer may offer benefits, such as a promotion or extra vacation time, in order to coerce you into accepting their advances.
  • Inappropriate Jokes: Verbal sexual harassment is another form of harassment. An employee can create a hostile work environment when he or she makes racial slurs, sexist jokes or other derogatory comments and can be held accountable should an employee bring suit against him or her.
  • Displaying Harassing Content: Inappropriate cartoon strips, drawings, posters and other content that portrays women sexually is inappropriate in the workplace. As a rule, offensive visual harassment can contribute to a hostile work environment.

Should I File a Sexual Harassment Report?

The first thing to do about sexual harassment in the workplace is to directly ask the harasser to stop. Then, review your employer’s internal policies regarding reporting harassment and ensure that you follow those procedures. Afterward, put your complaint in writing and ensure that you send it to an HR representative, or to your employer if the business does not have an HR department. A report of the misconduct can help you establish evidence in your claim. If the harassment continues, it is recommended that you contact a Modesto sexual harassment attorney. Inform every relevant person involved in your workplace, or who knows the individual, of his or her inappropriate conduct.

Ultimately, collecting information will be key to a favorable outcome. The more documentation you have of the sexual harassment, the more likely you will have a strong and successful harassment claim. Include any relevant emails, letters and/or photos of offensive material. In addition, locate other witnesses and get their information. One of our experienced attorneys can use these witnesses to strengthen your claim. However, if there is no hard evidence, attempt to document as many details as you can about the situation. For example, time, date, frequency, location, who may have witnessed the sexual harassment and how your company or a party responds are important details to note.

Are You Being Sexually Harassed in the Workplace? Call Our Firm for a Free Consultation

Have you been sexually harassed at your job and fear retaliation if you speak up? Do you have questions about your employee rights or how to report your sexual harassment claim? Should your complaints fail to produce results, your only other option is legal recourse. Without one of our experienced attorneys by your side, you can face unethical actions from another party. Our firm believes that no one should have limits to his or her freedom because of the actions of another.

Swingle, Van Egmond & Heitlinger can help you take the appropriate steps when filing a sexual harassment claim. Additionally, our firm can connect you with help you might need. Our law firm will use every resource available to establish your side of the story. Contact us online or call (209) 522-2211 now to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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Recovered the policy limits when client was broadsided in an intersection.
Business Dispute
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Recovered $3,300,000 in buy-out and settlement of minority business owners in breach of fiduciary duty obligations of entity management action.
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Recovered $1,200,000 in income producing property in family business dispute action alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary against majority owner family members wherein all income payments and distributions to client had ceased for multiple years.
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