Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is generally defined as “unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment.” At the federal level, sexual harassment is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the state level, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, or FEHA, is the primary source of sexual harassment law. Under both Title VII and FEHA, sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination in employment.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • Derogatory comments, slurs, epithets or jokes;
  • Unwanted touching, such as back rubs, pats on the butt, pinching or “accidental” brushes against your chest or other parts of your body;
  • Unwanted sexual propositions;
  • Discussion of sexual acts;
  • An offer of employment or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors;
  • A threat to reduce your hours, benefits, the rate of pay, or otherwise hurt your conditions of employment if you don’t comply with a sexual request;

  • Loss of employment, benefits or other adverse impacts after complaining about harassment;
  • Leering or rude gestures;
  • Someone displaying or “giving” to you sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons or posters;
  • Graphic comments, sexually degrading words, sexually suggestive or obscene messages or invitations;
  • Or someone impeding or blocking your movements.

Ms. Ghuman is a fierce advocate for survivors of sexual harassment. Having studied Gender in college, she has extensive knowledge and experience to handle the complexities of a case involving sexual harassment violations in the workplace. Sexual harassment violations include unique challenges that lawyers handling such matters must have a strong grasp of the psychological, social, and economic impact of sexual harassment. Ms. Ghuman’s background and experience set her apart from other lawyers to handle such matters. If you have experienced sexual harassment, Ms. Ghuman may be able to assist you in seeking the justice you deserve.