Discrimination consisting of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed
at an employee because of his or her sex. The motivation for the unwelcome
conduct or comments can be sexual attraction or hostility. The harassment
can involve same sex harassment or harassment between a man and a woman.
1. Sexual Harassment must be unwelcome.
Inform the harasser that you do not welcome the conduct. Be polite, direct,
and professional. Save any written or demonstrative evidence of the harassment.
2. Inform your employer.
While sexual harassment is unlawful, you must inform your employer of the
harassing conduct to which you have been subjected. Complain to a supervisor
or Human Resources. Document the complaint in writing, Always be courteous
and professional. If your have an employee handbook or personnel policies,
consult with those rules, policies and guidelines to determine how to
proceed. Consult with an attorney to find out more about your rights and
to review the manner in which you are communicating with the company.
3. Your employer's obligation
The employer is obligated to investigate promptly and take appropriate
corrective action. You should cooperate with the investigation. However,
if you believe the investigation is proceeding improperly or seems accusatory
towards you, you should consult with an attorney. The corrective action
taken must be designed to get the harassment to stop. This may include,
but does not always, terminating the individual responsible for the harassment.
4. You have rights.
You have the right to a work environment free from discrimination and harassment.
Under California's Fair Employment & Housing Act, this is recognized
one of our civil rights. If you believe your employer is not protecting
you from discrimination and harassment, and your work environment is interfered
with or it is causing you harm, consider contacting an employment lawyer
to find our more about your rights and how to proceed to make sure your
rights are not violated.