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Sexual Harassment vs. Sexual Assault

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Sexual harassment includes a wide range of unwanted sexual conduct from mild transgressions such as calling a female co-worker "Babe" to actual criminal cases of sexual assault such as rape or attempted rape. Sexual harassment can be verbal, written, non-verbal, or a physical action.

It can include sending or displaying sexual images, repeatedly asking someone for a date who has already clearly said no, making lewd comments about a person's appearance or body parts, making sexual gestures, such as kissing noises or catcalls, making sexual remarks, or sexual jokes, talking about sexual activities, or making verbal or written sexual advances. These types of sexual harassment violate labor laws, such as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. When unwanted sexual conduct turns into forced action against another's will, such as attempted or actual rape, they become violent crimes in a criminal matter.

There is an overlap of activities and behavior that may be classified under sexual harassment or sexual assault. Unwanted physical contact, such as groping, may fall under sexual assault as well as sexual harassment, as does stalking, where the victim may fear bodily injury or for his or her life. In any case of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the specific facts of the case at hand will determine whether it is a criminal or civil matter and how it may be handled through the courts.

Get Competent Legal Help from a Southern California Sexual Harassment Attorney

If you are uncertain about or need legal assistance with any case of workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault, it is in your best interests to talk to an experienced Southern California sexual harassment lawyer at Spray, Gould & Bowers LLP. In a free, initial consultation you can discuss the particulars of your situation to get the legal advice that you need.

If you have been victimized by sexual harassment at work, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, including damages for the emotional distress you have suffered, as well as punitive damages. In either case, whether you have been sexually harassed or sexually assaulted at work, your rights have been violated and you can seek legal recourse under California laws and statutes.

Contact a Southern California sexual harassment attorney at the firm if you need legal assistance in any case of workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault.

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