Federal Employment Law – Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment is Against the Law
Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) handles claims of sexual harassment. As a federal employee you are also entitled to appeal decisions in U.S. District Court. If you feel a suspension, demotion, any other adverse employment decision or a hostile work environment, is based on sexual discrimination you can file a Formal Complaint of discrimination with your Agency's EEO Office. After 180 days you can request an Administrative Judge of the E.E.O.C. be appointed to hear your case. If you are unhappy with the decision of the Administrative Judge you can pursue a civil lawsuit in the appropriate U.S. District Court. Ronald P. Ackerman can represent you in all of these pursuits.
Ronald P. Ackerman's extensive work as a federal employment attorney puts experience and strategy on your side. He helps you prepare your appeal, gather evidence and prepare witnesses. He assists clients in and around Los Angeles as well as nationwide.
Defining Sexual Harassment for Federal Employees
Title VII applies to any place of employment with 15 or more employees, including federal government organizations. Sexual harassment occurs in a variety of circumstances. It can include offensive jokes, unwelcome sexual advances, demanding sexual favors in exchange for keeping your job, unwanted touching, sexual assault, or other sexual-based behaviors resulting in a hostile work environment.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- A harasser can be a supervisor, a supervisor in another area of the agency or a manager.
- The harasser, and the victim, can be a woman or a man. Further, the victim doesn't have to be of the opposite sex.
- It's possible for sexual harassment to happen without any financial damage or firing/demotion of the victim.
- You don't have to be the victim to suffer harassment, but must be negatively affected by the offensive conduct of the other person.
- The harasser's conduct must be unwelcome and you must make that known to Management.
In addition to the EEOC, federal employees have the right to pursue their case to the appropriate U.S. District Court if they do not get the relief they are seeking.
Contact a Los Angeles Federal Employment Sexual Harassment Attorney Today
As an experienced federal employment attorney, I will help you with your sexual harassment claim. I work with clients both nationwide and in the Los Angeles area. Contact my offices at 310-649-5300 for a confidential consultation.