Sexual Harassment

Irvine, California Sexual Harassment Attorneys

Sexual Harassment, Retaliation, and Liability

Sexual harassment can involve overt forms of behavior such as pinching, unwanted touching, or sexually suggestive comments. It can also be subtle, involving salacious jokes or remarks implying the possibility of a promotion in exchange for sexual favors. In many cases, the tone or nature of a work environment plays an important role in analyzing cases of sexual harassment.

At the law office of Shanberg, Stafford & Bartz LLP, we counsel and represent clients in sexual harassment cases. We have the investigative knowledge and resources needed to recreate what happened by recovering and reviewing emails, memos, hiring and firing patterns, and eyewitness testimony. For more information regarding sexual harassment and how we can help you, contact employment law attorneys at Shanberg, Stafford & Bartz LLP today.

Policies and Procedures regarding Sexual Harassment

It's important to determine what policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment were in place and if they were followed. Did an employee report comments or behavior that made him or her uncomfortable to their supervisor? Did the employee go to their Human Resources department? If so, was a there a record made of the report? Were employees disciplined or talked to afterward? The existence of a paper trail and any follow-up is essential in determining if any actual harassment took place, if it was addressed, or if it was concealed.

Retaliation and Sexual Harassment

Retaliation and allegations of a hostile work environment often go hand in hand in sexual harassment cases. Again, the issue is whether or not a pattern emerges in how an employee was treated. After making complaints regarding sexual harassment, was an employee given an inordinate amount of extra work? Required to adjust their work schedule? Denied a promotion? Put on a "performance improvement plan"? Or, was an employee fired? The answer to these questions and any evidence one way or the other will often determine whether or not a charge of retaliation can be supported in sexual harassment cases.

Contact Irvine, California Sexual Harassment Attorneys Shanberg Stafford

Our office has represented a large number of clients in sexual harassment cases. We understand the law and what must be done to establish whether or not sexual harassment took place. In some of our cases, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been involved. We have experience in working cases where these governmental agencies play a role as well.

To schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you, contact sexual harassment lawyers at the law office of Shanberg, Stafford & Bartz LLP, today.