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California law defines sexual harassment to include harassment based on a desire for sex or because of a person’s gender (i.e., because she is a woman). Sexual harassment also includes harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. This law is contained in the Fair Employment and Housing Act, known as The FEHA. Similarly, Fair Employment and Housing Commission regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
California law prohibits employment discrimination when it is based on a “protected class.” Just a few of these protected bases include skin color, race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability (including HIV/AIDS diagnosis), and whether someone is married or not.
Wrongful termination is often difficult to prove because, in California the employment relationship is presumed to be “at will” meaning the employee may be fired at any time, for any reason, as long as it is not for an illegal reason.
Sexual harassment destroys lives and ruins businesses. In cases of workplace sex harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or wrongful termination, it is often difficult to determine your rights, whether you may be able to reach a settlement, or need to pursue a lawsuit. If you believe you are a victim, please contact us and we can help you with this often difficult process. With lawyers serving the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego areas, we handle cases in virtually all of California.