Written by attorney Rodney Mesriani

Sexual Harassment as Defined by EEOC

Sexual harassment in the workplace is among the most alarming and morally degrading employment issues in California. Sexual harassment can happen to female and male employees – it does not discriminate. Put simply, it can affect almost anyone in the employment sector; and because of this, it is a must for all California employees to have basic knowledge about sexual harassment in employment areas.

Sexual harassment in the workplace definition:

According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal government agency tasked to handle sexual harassment in the workplace complaints:

“Harassment can include ‘sexual harassment’ or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general. Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex."

Common harassers

Anyone of the following can become harassers, according to EEOC:


•Supervisor in another area


•Someone who is not an employee of the employer (clients)

Types of sexual harassment:

There are two types of sexual harassment that employees could experience, and these are:

Quid Pro Quo harassment – This type of harassment occurs when the harasser asks for sexual favor from an employee in exchange for something like promotion, more benefits, higher salary, ensured employment, and others.

Hostile Work Environment harassment – A workplace harassment that result in hostile work environment for the victim. Actions that can constitute hostile workplace include sexual comments or jokes, derogatory and sexist remarks, posting of sexually offensive images, implementing harassment-causing policies, and other related actions.

Filing a lawsuit

Los Angeles employees who experienced harassment in the workplace should forward a complaint to the EEOC to have the issue addressed and for them to receive damages from the liable individuals involved. Commonly, sexual harassment in employment victims are entitled to emotional distress damages and loss of income payments. Victims may contact EEOC’s Los Angeles office at 1-800-669-4000 or visit Roybal Federal Building 255 East Temple St., 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Harassment claimants should also hire an expert Los Angeles labor lawyer for a hassle-free claiming of deserved compensations and to get the justice they deserve.

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