_ Westlake Village, California Sexual Harassment Attorney

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Sexual harassment is an assault on a person’s dignity and worth. It can be emotionally scarring and even physically debilitating. Despite efforts to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace, offending behavior continues and victims seek recourse through the law. If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment, Law Offices of Stephan Math is here to help. Attorney Stephan Math has more than 37 years of experience litigating cases and negotiating settlements.

Understanding sexual harassment and the law

Sexual harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination outlawed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It exists when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are linked to employment or career advancement, or simply make one’s job intolerable.

Hostile work environment

This type of sexual harassment is found in workplaces where unwanted sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. When a worker hates being on the job because of the sexual conduct she must see, hear or suffer, she may very well have a case for sexual harassment.

The unwelcome question

The sticking point for all sexual harassment claims is that the conduct must be unwelcome. Office flirtations and romances, even between a worker and a supervisor, are not harassment when they are fully consensual. Therefore, it is important for a victim to take reasonable steps to establish his or her objection to the behavior.

Same-sex sexual harassment

Sexual harassment does not have to be between members of opposite sex. Cases of same-sex harassment are prevalent, and it is not necessary to prove a homosexual orientation in the harasser.

Remedies to compensate and restore victims of sexual harassment

  • ➢  Back pay – wages, salary, and fringe benefits that the victim would have received from the point at which she or he was denied employment or promotion up to the   date of the trial
  • ➢  Compensatory damages – for emotional distress, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
  • ➢  Attorney’s fees – at the court’s discretion, to the prevailing party
  • ➢  Punitive damages – limited to cases in which the employer’s behavior was intentional, with malice or reckless indifference toward the victim
  • ➢  Front pay – compensation for anticipated future losses in cases where reinstatement is not practical
  • ➢  Injunctive relief, including reinstating a fired employee or ordering the employer to change policies and practices that allowed the harassment to occur, is also   available.

Contact Law Offices of Stephan Math, a determined fighter for gender equality

To schedule an appointment to discuss your discrimination claim with Law Offices of Stephan Math, call our Agoura Hills, California office at 805.300.2097 or contact us online.


Law Offices of Stephan Math is located in Westlake Village and serves clients throughout California.