California Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Compassionate, Dedicated, and Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyers Vow To Make a Difference for You

Sexual assault and sexual harassment occur more often than reported. Despite under-reporting, the crime statistics for 2019 in California show that 14,720 victims report rape or attempted rape. However, sexual assault means more than attempted rape or rape.

Sadly, a sexual assault can occur anywhere. Sexual assault occurs in situations when one individual sexually preys on another. Therefore, it could happen at the gym, at your doctor’s office, at a frat party, or in your home. Some episodes of sexual assault and sexual harassment even occur in the workplace.

Sexual assault victims in California may not realize that they may have the right to file a civil claim for damages in addition to pursuing criminal charges. Victims of sexual harassment have the right to file a lawsuit seeking damages for their emotional and psychological injuries, as well as physical injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault or sexual harassment, the California sexual harassment victim lawyers with Silva Injury Law, Inc., are here for you. We are dedicated and compassionate attorneys who do not define success by the amount of money we win for our clients. Instead, we use a different measuring stick. We believe success is better described as whether we helped solve our clients’ problems. Our human approach distinguishes our firm from all others.

 

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WHAT CAN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWYERS IN CALIFORNIA DO FOR YOU?

Sexual assault or sexual harassment victims often blame themselves for what happened. We hope you know it’s not your fault. The fault lies squarely in the hands of the person who victimized you. You did not provoke your attacker, you did not lead them on, and you do not deserve this. You probably know this on some level, yet the psychological trauma is so significant that victims blame themselves and assume they played a role. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We understand that sexual assault victims need emotional support. We pledge to assist you in whatever way we can to help you heal from this terrible incident. Our skilled lawyers will aggressively pursue every party responsible for your sexual assault so that they pay for the harm they caused you.

WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER IF THE STATE PROSECUTED MY CASE?

You might wonder if you need California sexual harassment victim lawyers to represent you if the prosecutor pressed charges. The state prosecutor brings criminal charges and asks for punishment commensurate with the charges. You are a witness to the prosecution. The district attorney’s office will undoubtedly treat you well and help you to the extent they can, but they do not represent you. They do not have your best interests at heart.

Moreover, the prosecution can only bring charges against people when they have probable cause of a crime. Civil law is different.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER FILING A CLAIM FOR DAMAGES

Under California’s sexual harassment laws, you have the right to sue the person who committed the act. Also, under California tort law, you may be able to sue others for negligence in addition to the perpetrator of the crime. California law allows you to file a damage claim against someone who had a duty to keep you safe and failed to follow their duty.

Here are a few examples of claims you could bring against the perpetrator and someone else for breaching their duty of care they owed you:

  • Suing the owners of a barroom for an assault that occurred on their premises due to lack of security;
  • Suing your employer for a sexual assault or sexual harassment that occurred at work;
  • Claiming damages against a company for negligent hiring or negligent retention of an employee who committed a sexual assault; or
  • Filing a lawsuit against a landowner for negligent security for a sexual assault that happened on the landowner’s grounds, even if committed by a stranger.

Dedicated and skilled California sexual harassment victim lawyers will explain to you in detail who may be liable to you for damages. We know that winning a lawsuit may not ever take away the pain, disgust, and horror you experienced. However, fighting to hold every person responsible for your attack could help you regain self-confidence and ease the pain.

 

Our experienced legal team also handles other types of cases, including:

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We believe that our duty goes beyond achieving large monetary awards for our clients. We strive first to be decent human beings who seek not to stir up fights, but to solve problems.

As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be enough business.

- Abraham Lincoln

Sexual Harassment Lawyers in California

Caring and compassionate California sexual harassment lawyers empathize with sexual harassment victims. They understand that no one should suffer harassment at work when applying for a job, applying for a mortgage, trying to find adequate housing, or in any other situation. California sexual harassment laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. Therefore, discrimination in the form of sexual harassment based on a person’s sex, gender, gender identity, marital status, gender expression, or sexual orientation violates California law. 

Hostile Work Environment and Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment

Knowledgable sexual harassment attorneys in California will explain that sexual harassment occurs in one of two ways. Perhaps the most prominent form of sexual harassment in the workplace refers to a hostile work environment. 
A hostile work environment arises when the organization’s employees create a situation that is uncomfortable for someone to work in due to discriminatory conduct. For example, discussing sexual exploits, commentating on a person’s dress repeatedly, making offensive jokes about sexual orientation, or refusing to promote an otherwise qualified employee creates a hostile work environment. The unlawful actions do not have to be directed at anyone explicitly to qualify as sexual harassment. 
On the other hand, quid pro quo sexual harassment involves rewards for sexual favors or punishment for refusing to engage in sexual conduct. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when one person has some power over another, like a supervisor over an employee. Examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment including:
Promising a promotion in exchange for a date or sexual act; Demoting an employee for refusing a date;  Favoring an employee over others only on the basis of looks; or  Assigning unfavorable tasks to a person for rejecting a supervisor’s advances.
If you find yourself in any of these situations, you must report it to your employer immediately. That’s the first step. The second step needs to be a phone call to experienced California sexual harassment victim lawyers.

At Silva Injury Law we strive to promote healing through compassionate advocacy.

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Contact Silva Injury Law, Inc., today to schedule a free consultation with one of our top California sexual harassment victim lawyers. We believe that you deserve justice. Reach out to us today and help take control back for your life.