Don’t Stay Silent. Turn To Our Southern California Attorney for Justice
If you feel you’ve received different treatment because you reported sexual harassment at work or college, you have a right to justice. Victims of retaliation can trust our California sexual harassment attorneys to have their voices amplified and heard.
At the Law Offices of Stephen B. Morris in San Diego, California, we’ll stand by you, empowering you to exercise your rights without fear of retribution. We’ve spent nearly 30 years helping victims of sexual harassment enforce their rights in San Diego, Orange County, and Irvine, CA.
What’s Considered Retaliation Under California Law?
You have the right to report sexual harassment without fear of retaliation. Laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace and classroom would have no teeth if perpetrators could silence the courageous victims who come forward.
Under California law, the Labor Commissioner prohibits retaliation after victims speak out against sexual harassment by employers, managers, or supervisors. Title IX protects students from similar consequences wrought by professors and college faculty.
Signs of Workplace and Classroom Retaliation
How do you know if you’ve been a victim of illegal retaliation? In employment, poor treatment could be retaliatory if connected to your courageous choice to speak out against harassment. Examples include:
- Unfavorable work assignments
- Dock in pay or benefits
- Reduced advancement opportunities
- Wrongful termination
In the college or university context, illegal retaliation could include:
- Poor or failing grades
- Limited educational opportunities
- Denial of participation in clubs or extracurricular activities
- Wrongful suspension or expulsion
Can I Sue for Retaliatory Harassment in California?
You should never have to choose between your dignity and your job or education. If you believe that you experienced or witnessed unlawful sexual harassment, you have the right to report it without facing retaliation.
Don’t be silenced any longer. File a claim and meet with our skilled attorneys in Orange County to have your voice heard. If you’re a victim of retaliation in Southern California, call our caring sexual harassment lawyers at 619-985-4462 to begin your journey of healing and justice.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the workplace, retaliation against sexual harassment reports against employers can take the form of an unreasonable workload, fewer or no opportunities to advance, and even wrongful termination.
For students facing retaliation against reporting professors, retaliation may include poor grades, denial of participation or extra credit, and wrongful expulsion.
Retaliation may even appear as further sexual harassment or verbal/physical abuse. You have a voice against this unfair treatment—consult a lawyer to learn more about your rights.
The difference between sexual harassment and retaliation is that retaliation occurs as a consequence, while harassment is unprovoked verbal or physical abuse. Employers or college faculty may retaliate against victims who report their harassment, leading to retaliation.
Under California law and Title IX, retaliation is just as illegal as harassment, and you may have a right to a claim.
While sexual harassment and retaliation against reports are challenging to prove, a skilled attorney in your area can help gather evidence and give you a voice against this wrongful treatment. When you find a reliable lawyer you can trust, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. They’ll help you on the road to justice and recovery.