The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be dishing out $900,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit filed against a Los Angeles police officer. A deputy is accusing his supervisor of sexual harassment and threats of violence, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Our Orange County sexual harassment lawyers recommend that you report any and all forms of sexual harassment to your supervisor. It is also in your best interest to contact an experienced lawyer to help ensure that the proper steps are being taken to protect your rights in the workplace. On the other hand, it is equally important to contact an experienced attorney if you’re facing any false allegations of harassment in the workplace as convictions of such behavior can drastically affect your career.
While the county agreed to pay out a sum of $900,000, the sheriff’s supervisor is still denying the allegations — flatly denying workplace sexual harassment in Los Angeles.
“Sexual harassment is about using power in a way to hurt somebody,” says Marcia McCormick, associate professor at Saint Louis University School of Law, who specializes in employment law and gender issues.
There are a number of ways that sexual harassment can occur in the workplace. While the most common form of sexual harassment is male on female, the number of male on male sexual harassment cases is on the rise in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States. It’s a form of sexual harassment that is increasing in numbers by the day. According to Newsweek, same-sex harassment cases have only been recognized by the court system for a little over 20 years now.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that in 2009 nearly 13,000 sexual harassment incidents came from males. That year recorded the largest number of male-reported sexual harassment incidents on record.
The deputy, at the sheriff’s office, is stating that his supervisor asked that he “come into the bathroom for a rectal probe” and boasted he could get the deputy “so drunk” that the deputy would perform oral sex on him, according to the L.A. Times.
“While some people may think sexual harassment of male employees is a joke, the issue is real,” says David Grinberg, spokesperson for the EEOC. “We are seeing more of it, and such conduct has serious legal consequences for employers.” The EEOC reports that incidents including male on male sexual harassment claims are indeed on the rise.
Our criminal defense lawyers defend those facing sexual harassment in Los Angeles, Santa Ana and Ontario areas and have a strong reputation for achieving justice for our clients. If you are currently experiencing accusations of sexual harassment, it is critical for you to contact an attorney to protect your rights, your financial well-being, your dignity and your reputation.
If you need to an Orange County employment attorney, contact the California Employment Law Team at (877)-529-4545 to discuss your rights.