When you are an employee in the working environment, you have the legal right to a workplace that is not hostile. This means that you should be able to feel free to concentrate on your work without feeling threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable.
One topic that is becoming a common issue is the presence of inappropriate sexual material in the workplace and the effect that it can have on workers. Many workers have had uncomfortable experiences in which they are sent pornographic material by another worker, or they witness another worker watching pornographic content in the workplace. Inappropriate material such as this has no place in the working environment, and in many cases, it can constitute sexual harassment.
Can I make a claim against my workplace?
It is possible to make a sexual harassment claim if you had an experience in the workplace that led to a hostile environment. For example, if you took offense to some inappropriate material that was in the workplace, you have the right to ask for it to be removed. If the owner of the material refuses to remove it or makes an inappropriate comment, you may feel very uncomfortable about the situation. You may no longer feel comfortable in the workplace and might decide to take action.
It is important that you exercise your right to be free from gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. If you have reported the incident to your supervisor, the human resources department or whoever else you are supposed to, and nothing has changed, it’s time to consider speaking with an experienced California employment attorney.