What should I do if my supervisor is harassing me?
If you are being sexually harassed, or are being harassed because of your race, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, or other medical condition, then the first thing you should do is to inform your employer. Typically, workplace harassment should be reported to a supervisor, the human resources department or someone in a position of authority at your company. However, complaining to your direct supervisor may not be possible if they are the ones doing the harassing.
Under California law, employers are required to maintain a clear anti-harassment policy. The policy should state who workers should speak to if they have a harassment complaint. While the designated person is likely to vary based on the company’s structure, many employers require employees to report harassment to their supervisor.
Your employer, however, should also provide alternatives for you to report harassment in case your immediate supervisor is the one committing the misconduct. Some options may include a human resources officer or a diversity coordinator.
If after reporting the conduct, your employer fails to take action to prevent the harassment from continuing, or retaliates against you such as wrongfully terminating your employment, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer immediately.
Because there are strict deadlines involved with filing a harassment claim in California, getting in touch with an employment lawyer as soon as possible is vital. Otherwise, you may lose your right to take legal action.
If you are experiencing workplace harassment, a skilled employment lawyer can provide guidance on the legal options available to you. Contact McCormack Law Firm today to learn more. Our San Francisco harassment attorneys will strive to protect your rights and act in your best interests. We offer free initial consultations.
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