Sexual Harassment Attorney Chris Olsen Can Protect Your Rights
Sexual harassment is a serious form of workplace discrimination and can affect workers of both sexes. The definition of harassment is broad, and can include physical contact, threats, suggestive comments, and the creation of a hostile work environment. The harasser can be a supervisor, a coworker, someone of the opposite sex, or someone of the same sex. Whatever the specifics of the case, sexual harassment causes extreme discomfort for the victims and other workers. In some cases, it can also result in job loss, demotion, reduced wages, and intense fear. Sexual harassment attorney Chris Olsen is committed to helping San Diego victims and to upholding fair working conditions. If you are a victim of sexual harassment, he can undertake a thorough examination of your case and construct a strong argument in your defense. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
There are two primary types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment. Quid pro quo (this for that) harassment occurs when a superior offers advancement or bonuses in exchange for sexual favors. Alternatively, a superior could threaten an employee with demotion or termination if he or she does not comply with the proposition. Hostile work environment harassment involves sexual behavior that does not directly threaten another worker’s job, but does make the work atmosphere extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant. Examples of hostile environment sexual harassment include:
- Verbal harassment such as suggestive comments, vulgar jokes, or insulting comments.
- Non-verbal harassment such as hanging lewd or inappropriate materials in the office, offensive gestures, noises or expressions, or requiring a woman to perform domestic duties at work.
- Physical harassment such as following someone, and unnecessary touching without permission.
Assault is another very serious form of sexual harassment. If you have been assaulted, or you feel that you are in danger, you should seek immediate recourse from your supervisor or a law enforcement official.
What Should You Do?
If you are being sexually harassed at work, there are certain steps you should take to ensure an appropriate legal response.
- Ask the perpetrator to stop.
- If he or she does not comply, you should create detailed written notes of each incident, including what happened, when it occurred, where it took place, how you responded, and any witnesses.
- Report the harassment to your supervisor and comply with your company’s sexual harassment policies.
- File a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A sexual assault attorney can help you determine if you have grounds for a case, and can assist you in filling out and submitting the necessary paperwork.
Why Should You Hire an Attorney?
In addition to assisting you with the EEOC complaint, Chris Olsen can assist you in other areas of your sexual harassment case. Particularly when supervisors are involved, there are laws in place to protect you from unwanted sexual attention, or from harassment that occurs when a consensual relationship comes to an end. In some cases, your employer may try to retaliate for your sexual assault complaint. Chris Olsen will work tirelessly to ensure that your harassment comes to an end, that your harasser and employers are held responsible for this behavior, and that your job and your rights are protected throughout the process.
Contact Chris Olsen Today
If you are facing sexual harassment, contact Olsen Law Offices today. Chris Olsen will be happy to provide you with a free consultation to determine your eligibility for a harassment case. After taking you on as a client, he will work diligently in your case, even taking on supervisors and authorities at large companies.