Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
The Garza Firm has attorneys with extensive experience in sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse.
Examples of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse
Sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse include all of the following:
- Physical assault
- Unwelcome kissing or touching, sexual comments and gestures
- Demands for sexual favors
- Threatening or pressuring someone into unwanted sexual activity
- Rape or attempted rape
- Fondling or molestation
- Sexual contact with someone who does not consent or is unable to do so
Consent means that both parties agree to the sexual contact with each other. Even if a person initially gives consent, they can change their mind and say no at any time. Under the law, certain individuals cannot consent to sexual contact:
- Minors (generally defined as those under the age of 18)
- Someone that is too intoxicated (under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
- Someone who is unconscious
- A person who lacks mental capacity
Sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse can take place at work, in school, and in a number of other situations. Both children and adults are victims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse. Perpetrators of sexual harassment and sexual abuse are often those that are most trusted, such as supervisors, managers, doctors, professors, teachers and coaches. Sexual harassment is prohibited under both California and federal law. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protect individuals from sexual harassment and abuse at work, while Title IX protects students from sexual harassment and abuse in universities. Other civil statutes and laws prohibit sexual harassment and abuse in other contexts as well, such as harassment and abuse perpetrated by physicians and others who have a duty to protect the safety of others, particularly those who are vulnerable, including children, students and the elderly.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse can be terrifying. You will feel vulnerable, and you may be angry and scared. You will have many questions and you may not know how to proceed. Here are just a few of the many questions you may have that The Garza Firm can answer:
- Was I subjected to sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual abuse as defined by the law?
- How do I get the medical care I need?
- What evidence do I need to prove my case?
- Should I confront by abuser?
- Do I report the sexual harassment to the police, my supervisor or human resources?
- What happens if I file a claim?
- Will I be subjected to retaliation?
- Will I be forced to resign my employment?
- How can I protect myself against future sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse?
The Garza Firm will answer your questions, evaluate your specific circumstances, and help protect your rights. The Garza Firm has successfully represented victims of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault, recovering hundreds of millions in compensation for our clients. If you believe that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual abuse, contact our experienced California sexual harassment lawyers at The Garza Firm today by calling (949) 570-8350 or filling out the online form today.