As mobile devices gain a greater share of our personal and professional lives, texting has become commonplace. Text messages can make it easy to communicate without talking, and provide many benefits, including faster communication. Unfortunately, texting can also be used for inappropriate purposes.
In the past few years, with the rise of the #Metoo movement, reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have drastically risen. This is excellent: it is crucial to report harassers and hold them accountable. However, the discussion around these reports can lead to questions like:
- Do text message and images have to be sexually explicit to qualify as harassment?
- What recourse do I have if a manager or co-worker harasses me on Facebook or through other social media sites or apps?
- My co-worker keeps texting me to ask me out, despite my objections, and won’t leave me alone. What can I do?
- I feel uncomfortable about the messages I have been receiving, but I’m afraid of reporting it. What are my options?
No two harassment cases are the same. Various factors will play into whether you have a viable harassment case. The context, content and volume of messages are important things you should discuss with a lawyer.
Our practice is dedicated exclusively to employment law, and we have been handling sexual harassment cases for years, well before the recent surge in reporting. You can speak with one of our lawyers for free by sending us an online message or calling our Costa Mesa office at (714) 462-8376.