Employment Lawyer Rutger Heymann is a member of the California Sate Bar and provides
legal services throughout the San Jose and the South Bay Areas including the cities
of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Milpitas, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park,
Redwood City and Foster City, as well as the communities within and adjacent to the
Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley), from San Francisco to Gilroy, and from Walnut
Creek to Oakland, Alameda, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and Hollister.
You deserve to work in a safe environment, free of sexual harassment. Every employee,
whether an executive, manager or worker, is covered under federal and state laws
designed to protect victims of unwanted sexual advances and hostile work environments.
Despite a continuing awareness of the emotional and professional impact of sexual
harassment, it still persists in the workplace today. At the Law Offices of Rutger
Heymann, I am an experienced sexual harassment attorney who can stand up for your
Types of Sexual Harassment related to the Workplace
There are two types of sexual harassment under Title VII and the California Fair
Employment and Housing Act (FEHA):
“Quid Pro Quo" sexual harassment is when submitting to or rejecting the harassment
is used as the basis for a decision regarding employment, or is otherwise linked
to job benefits. (For example, "Have sex with me” and I'll give you a raise".)
"Hostile Work Environment" sexual harassment exists when unwelcome behavior is not
necessarily linked to job benefits, but it is so "pervasive or severe" that it makes
it difficult for the employee to perform his or her job.
Sexual harassment may take the form of obscene jokes, offensive remarks and comments,
sexually abusive letters or e-mails, propositions of sexual nature, unwelcome physical
contact such as touching, kissing, massaging, etc; implicit or explicit demands for
sexual favors. Even an apparently throwaway comment can be the basis for a hostile
environment under certain circumstances. An attorney can tell you more.
Workplace Retaliation - Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you were fired or demoted or harassed because you notified your employer about
a hostile work environment or sexual harassment against yourself, or even against
others, you may be able to sue your employer. These types of cases are called whistleblower
cases, and can lead to severe punishment for you former employer.
What Should You Do If You Are Sexually Harassed or Retaliated against?
Your first step is to contact a highly skilled sexual harassment attorney. If you
contact me, I will advise you about actions you can take in order to protect yourself
from sexual harassment happening to you in the workplace. These could include telling
the harasser that their conduct is unwelcome and should be stopped. If the harasser
doesn’t take notice of your request you may try putting your demand in the written
form. You can also file complaints to your supervisor or employer. If your company
has a policy manual or handbook that instructs you how to file a complaint or deal
with the harassment, follow the steps outlined in the manual or handbook. We will
discuss the legal procedures you can use to put an end to the intimidating conduct.
Timing is Important - Contact Me - The Clock is Ticking
Statute of limitations exist, meaning than you may need legal representation as soon
as possible in you wish to file a claim. Through my years of legal experience handling
sexual harassment claims, I will advise you of the timeline, the involved legal procedures,
and the practical ramifications. I am sensitive to the emotional toll that such unlawful
conduct takes on my clients and their families. Whether it involves obtaining a swift
resolution or prevailing at trial, I am mindful of the different goals that each
client seeks in addressing the sexual harassment they have suffered. To speak with
me about sexual harassment or call my office in San Jose, California, at 408-297-7100
or email today.