When Your Boss Is The One Harassing You
It’s a nightmare you thought you’d never have to experience: Your boss or manager has been sexually harassing you, and you are not sure how to stop it without jeopardizing your job or risking other problems.
In this case, it is crucially important to bring in legal help. California Employment Counsel, APC, is a firm focusing exclusively on employment law, and has been handling sexual harassment cases for years. Our attorneys can look at your situation and offer a professional’s opinion on what you are facing.
What Is Harassment
If you have encountered an uncomfortable situation, you may be asking yourself:
- Do I have a strong enough case?
- What counts as harassment?
- How do I make sure I don’t lose my job if I complain?
First and foremost, it is important to know that sexual harassment by a supervisor or manager is indefensible in California. This means, essentially, that you can win your case if you can prove that the harassment occurred. Harassment can include:
- Inappropriate touching
- A boss or business owner asking you for sexual favors
- A manager asking you out on dates when you have expressed that you are not interested
- Quid pro quo (“this for that”) harassment: a manager offering a promotion, a raise, a bonus or other preferential treatment in exchange for sex
- Showing inappropriate photos or sending inappropriate texts
- Your boss asking you about your sex life or repeatedly commenting about your body or appearance
These, and more, can count as harassment.
Additionally, you should know that California law protects you from retaliation by your boss. They cannot fire you or punish you for reporting them.