Advocating for Victims of Sexual Harassment

All employees have the right to work in an environment that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment remains an ongoing problem in many workplaces. If you have suffered from sexual harassment at work, there are legal options available that can help you hold your employer accountable for these illegal acts.

I am attorney Robert Ryan. I founded Robert Ryan Law to help give a voice to people who have been harmed and abused by other parties. If you believe that you have been harassed at work or have been punished for reporting instances of sexual harassment, call my San Diego law office at 619-234-1800 to schedule a free initial consultation.

What Does Sexual Harassment Entail?

Sexual harassment includes unwanted, serious sexual conduct towards the plaintiff in the workplace. The state of California provides remedies for all employees who are sexually harassed.

The harassment may be by the employee's supervisor, or a co-worker. Supervisor harassment cases are generally stronger because a supervisor is considered an "extension of the employer or company." Sexual harassment may be of either a female or male employee. Some examples of workplace sexual harassment include:

  • Repeated, serious lewd comments
  • Unwanted physical contact
  • Implied offers of employee benefits in exchange for sexual favors, or a denial of employee benefits in return for your rejecting sexual advances
  • Repeated, unwanted requests for dates
  • Stalking

Harassment can quickly turn a place of employment into a toxic, hostile work environment. You should always make it clear that the harassing conduct is unwanted. You should always make a complaint to Human Resources or a management person in the company. Always document your oral complaint with an email or letter to management.

You should never feel ashamed about taking legal action designed to hold your employer accountable for illegal acts. California law further protects you by giving you a cause of action for "retaliation" if your position or benefits are negatively changed after you complain.

Wrongful termination: Sometimes your complaint will result in your termination. Your termination may be either actual, or "constructive." Constructive termination occurs when your work circumstances become intolerable to a reasonable employee in your shoes, resulting in you having to leave your job.

Together, we can help send a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the workplace.

Harassed at Work? Call an Experienced Lawyer for A Free Initial Consultation.

State and federal laws provide you with protections against workplace harassment. To learn more about your options, call me at 619-234-1800 to speak with me privately, or to schedule a free initial consultation. You may also contact me online and I will respond to your message promptly. I provide representation to people throughout Southern California.

Advocating for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Sometimes children are sexually abused by teachers or coaches at school or at a sport facility. When the management does not perform reasonable background checks on the teacher or coach, or properly monitor their employee, the school or company may be responsible for the harm to the child.

Sensitive and complex, emotional cases: These cases are very sensitive and involve a lot or investigation and trial preparation. As a former senior prosecuting attorney, I have experience working with sensitive cases involving both sexual and domestic abuse.

Punitive damages: When the defendant party acts with malice, oppression or fraud, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages go beyond compensating you for your injuries, or bringing you "back to where you were before." Instead, they are meant to punish the wrongdoer for their outrageous conduct.

I am attorney Robert Ryan. I founded Robert Ryan Law to help give a voice to people who have been harmed and abused by other parties.

If you believe that you or a loved one are a victim of sexual abuse, please call my San Diego law office at 619-234-1800 to talk privately with me, or to schedule a free initial consultation.