An attorney can help you pursue compensation if you have experienced workplace harassment

The Differences Between Workplace and Sexual Harassment

By Levin Simes
February 16, 2024
You have the right to work in a safe environment. If your rights have been comprised by workplace harassment or sexual harassment, an attorney can help you pursue justice. 

In the modern professional landscape, where diversity and inclusivity are championed, the persistent and insidious issue of workplace harassment and sexual harassment continues to disrupt lives. Uncomfortable glances, unwarranted advances, and inappropriate comments remain an unfortunate reality for far too many employees. This creates an environment where the pursuit of one's career is disrupted by fear, discomfort, and emotional distress.

If you have experienced workplace harassment or sexual harassment, you may be fearful of losing your job or of experiencing other retaliation from your employer. An attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and, if necessary, you have the ability to pursue legal action. 

If you have experienced harassment in the workplace, sexual or otherwise, you may have cause for legal action. You have the right to work in a safe environment. Contact the attorneys at the San Francisco based firm Levin Simes online or by calling our team at (415) 426-3000. We are committed to helping you protect your legal rights. Read on to learn more about workplace harassment and sexual harassment and how an attorney can help you.

Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment Compensation

If you have been harmed in a workplace harassment or sexual harassment incident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation. Financial compensation for workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, can take various forms, and it often depends on the specific circumstances, legal jurisdiction, and the policies in place within an organization.  

Financial compensation that may be potentially awarded in a workplace harassment or sexual harassment lawsuit may cover: 

  • Economic losses: You may be able to collect financial losses directly related to the harassment, such as lost wages, benefits, or out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Pain and suffering: An attorney can help you pursue financial compensation for losses, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, anxiety, and mental anguish caused by the harassment.
  • Back pay: If the harassment resulted in termination or other adverse employment actions, the victim may be entitled to back pay for the wages and benefits lost during the period of unemployment or recovery.
  • Reinstatement or job restoration: In cases where an employee has been wrongfully terminated, demoted, or faced adverse employment actions, they may be able to get their job back. The court may order the employer to reinstate the individual to their previous position or a comparable one.
  • Other costs: In some cases, certain types of awards may be issued to punish the harasser or employer for particularly egregious conduct. These are called “punitives” and are intended to deter similar behavior in the future.

Individuals who have experienced workplace harassment should consult with legal professionals who are experienced in employment law. These attorneys can understand their rights and options. Organizations should also take steps to prevent harassment, respond promptly to complaints, and foster a workplace culture that promotes respect and inclusivity. An attorney can help make sure that you can received the maximum benefit from your lawsuit. 

A workplace and sexual harassment lawyer can provide valuable assistance if you believe you have sustained harassment. A lawyer can offer a confidential consultation to discuss the details of your situation. They will listen to your concerns, ask relevant questions, and provide legal advice based on their experienced in employment law. Contact the attorneys at Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our team is here to help you begin the legal process and take the first steps toward justice. 

Sexual Harassment vs. Workplace Harassment 

Workplace harassment and sexual harassment are related concepts, but they differ in the the type of behavior involved. 

Sexual harassment is a specific form of workplace harassment that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It is a form of gender-based discrimination and is prohibited by law in many countries. Examples of sexual harassment in the workplace may include: 

  • Unwanted sexual comments or jokes
  • Inappropriate touching or gestures
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment 
  • Hostile work environment 
  • Display of explicit material
  • Sexual intimidation or coercion

Workplace harassment is a broad term that encompasses any unwelcome conduct, communication, or behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating work environment. This can include actions, comments, or displays that are offensive. Discriminatory, or disrespectful behavior based on factors such as race, gender, age, religion, disability, or other protected characteristics can also indicate the existence of workplace harassment. 

Examples of workplace harassment may include:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Bullying
  • Offensive jokes or comments
  • Mockery based on personal characteristics
  • Intimidation or threats

Workplace harassment can be non-sexual in nature and can target various aspects of an individual's identity or characteristics.

Legal frameworks, workplace policies, and definitions of harassment can vary by jurisdiction, so it is important to be familiar with local laws and organizational policies. Employers typically have a responsibility to prevent and address harassment in the workplace. Individuals who experience harassment may have legal avenues to pursue remedies or file complaints. 

Both workplace and sexual harassment can have serious consequences for the well-being of individuals and the overall work environment.

Contact a Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment Attorney Today 

Hiring an experienced attorney to handle your workplace harassment case and sexual harassment lawsuit is one of the most important steps in the legal process. Your attorney will fight for you and your rights and ensure that you are receiving the compensation you deserve. 

The team of attorneys at Levin Simes are well accomplished when it comes to pursuing financial compensation for our clients. We have secured many victories for our clients and have won hundreds of millions of dollars for them. 

Contact Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our team understands the complexity of workplace harassment and sexual harassment lawsuits. We have the resources available to ensure that your case is set up for the best possible outcome. 

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