Are you a victim of sexual harassment or abuse? Our Sexual Harassment Lawyers are driven to providing sexual harassment or assault victims with the justice they deserve.
Sexual harassment and discrimination have long been hazards frequently encountered in the workplace. Thankfully, the recent #metoo and #timesup movements have brought national recognition and awareness to this growing epidemic, and helped provide a safe space for victims to come forward, share their story, and shine a light on their harasser. The sexual harassment attorneys at Braddock Law APC specialize in making sure these courageous. victims’ voices are heard.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as any type of negative, inappropriate, or unwelcomed behavior in a workplace environment based on an individual’s sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or any related medical conditions.
Have I Been Sexually Harassed?
Under the law, there are two distinct types of sexual harassment: Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that means “this for that.” Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when sexual favors are demanded in exchange for specific job benefits such as a job offer, promotion, raise, or a favorable performance review. Quid pro quo sexual harassment also includes situations where an employee is threatened with termination or other punishments if these demands are refused. Quid pro quo harassment is not just limited to sexual favors but may include unwanted massages or other types of touching, being told what type of clothing to wear, or other inappropriate comments and suggestions. Since quid pro quo harassment is often made with clearly defined intentions and propositions, it is often easier for a sexual harassment attorney to identify this behavior as a viable case for litigation.
Hostile Work Environment
Hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwanted harassing conducted based on their sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or any related medical conditions. The harassing conduct must be severe and persistent. Unfortunately, not all types of hostile work environment sexual harassment are so easy to identify. The sexual harassment attorneys at Braddock Law APC are available to help victims identify whether the conduct they have been subjected to qualifies as sexual harassment under the law. Harassing conduct may include:
- Verbal harassment, such as obscene language, demeaning comments, slurs or threats;
- Physical harassment, such as unwanted touching, assault, or physical interference or blocking of movement;
- Visual harassment, such as offensive or lude posters, objects, cartoons, or drawings; and
- Unwanted sexual advances.
How is Sexual Harassment Different from Sexual Assault?
Unlike sexual harassment, which is defined as both unwanted verbal or physical behavior, sexual assault consists of physical advances and abuse. Sexual assault is defined as an attempt at rape, forcing an individual to perform sexual acts against his or her will, or unwanted physical touching. The expert San Diego sexual assault attorneys at Braddock Law APC are available to counsel victims of sexual assault, and advise them of the protections available to them under the law.
California Law and Rape Statutes
The following are only some of the situations in which California law offers protection and recourse to victims of sexual assault:
- Where sexual abuse was committed with violence, force, malicious intent, and/or physical abuse;
- Where the victim of sexual abuse was impaired by alcohol or drugs and unable to give clear consent;
- Where the perpetrator of sexual abuse misrepresents themselves and/or identifies themselves as a different individual;
- Where the victim or someone the victim knows is threatened in any way before, after, or during the act. This may include the threat of possible punishments, such as employee termination, arrest, deportation, or other types of threats;
- Where the perpetrator is aware that the victim is unable to give clear consent due to a mental disorder or disability.
San Diego Sexual Harassment Attorney You Can Trust
We know it is oftentimes hard for victims to talk about sexual harassment and assault. That’s why we make the following promises:
- You will speak directly with Mr. Braddock. That conversation can take place over the phone or face to face. You will make that decision.
- Every word of your story will be kept in the strictest confidence. Your secret is safe here.
- You will learn your rights and options without a sales pitch. We understand what you have been through and we do not want to cause any more trauma.
- We will never take any action on your behalf until you are completely ready, and we will respect your wishes even if you decide not to pursue a case.
- Some cases settle. Some cases go to trial. We will prepare the right case plan for your individual circumstances.
Finally, at Braddock Law APC, each client is given full access to the expertise of an experienced and knowledgeable sexual harassment attorney. We provide this access by limiting the number of cases we take on, allowing us to provide our full attention and resources to each individual client. Contact the offices of Braddock Law APC to learn more about how we can provide our legal assistance.
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