What is Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment?

“Hostile work environment” sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome advances, sexual innuendos, or offensive gender-related language that is sufficiently severe or pervasive from the perspective of a reasonable person of the same gender as the offended employee. Hostile work environment harassment requires, under the law, a link between the hostility by  Read More …

What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

“Quid pro quo” translates from Latin to English as “this for that.”  The basic idea is that of an exchange.  I do something for you, and you, in turn, do something for me.  You may have heard the saying, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  This conveys the same underlying message, and it  Read More …

Sexual Harassment v. Gender Discrimination

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the United States Federal law in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibit gender discrimination in the workplace and harassment based on the sex of an employee. Harassment is conduct that is not necessary for the performance of a supervisory job, but is instead outside  Read More …

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit?

The sexual harassment statute of limitations in California is that a victim must file a charge of discrimination with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) within ONE YEAR from the date of the last incident of sexual harassment. The victim then has the option to ask the DFEH to investigate the claim or  Read More …

What is Illegal Retaliation?

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who has made a  discrimination or sexual harassment claim, or who has filed a charge with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or who has participated in a sexual harassment investigation as either a complainer or a witness,  Read More …

Advice for Sexual Harassment Victims

Attorney Timothy Broderick shares advice for victims of sexual harassment.

Sexual Harassment in the Media – Attorney Broderick

Employment lawyer Broderick discusses sexual harassment cases in the media.

The Negative Effects of Sexual Harassment – Attorney Broderick

Attorney Broderick at the Broderick Saleen Law Firm talks about the negative mental and physical effects of sexual harassment on the victim.

Eradication of Sexual Harassment – Lawyer Timothy Broderick

Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses Broderick Saleen Law Firm’s mission of eradicating sexual harassment in the workplace.

Employment Attorney Lists 11 Common Mistakes of Sexual Harassment Victims – Attorney Timothy Broderick

Sexual Harassment Lawyer Tim Broderick talks about the 11 common mistakes that sexual harassment victims often make.

A Victim’s Guide to Sexual Harassment for California – Attorney Timothy Broderick

Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses the book he wrote with law partner Katrina Saleen, A Victim’s Guide to Sexual Harassment for California.

When is it Sexual Harassment? | Lawyer Timothy Broderick

Lawyer Timothy Broderick discusses what workplace sexual harassment is.

Retaliation for Filing a Sexual Harassment Claim | Lawyer Timothy Broderick

Lawyer Timothy Broderick discusses retaliation in the workplace for reporting sexual harassment or filing a sexual harassment claim.

What is Sexual Harassment According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably  Read More …

Pregnancy discrimination case against AutoZone results in $185M verdict

Federal jury in San Diego awarded nearly $186 million in punitive damages to a store manager at AutoZone after finding that the company retaliated against the pregnant manager, in the end demoting her and firing her. Rosario Juarez, 43, was awarded about $873,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages report Reuters, the Wall Street  Read More …

Hughes v. Pair Presents Potential Quid Pro Quo Loophole

The California Supreme Court in Hughes v. Pair (July 2009) ruled that sexual requests to a plaintiff, without consequential adverse action in response to a plaintiff’s refusal to comply with sexual favors, does not constitute quid pro quo sexual harassment. After the plaintiff’s trustees had voted to give her money for just one month for  Read More …

What is Sufficiently Severe Sexual Harassment for a Hostile Work Environment Claim?

In order for a hostile work environment lawsuit to be viable, the sexual harassment must be sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the victim’s employment and create an abusive and hostile work environment. There is no bright line rule for what conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive sexual harassment to constitute a hostile work environment.  Read More …

Using Your Strengths to Overcome Sexual Harassment

Determine your top five character strengths and how to use them to overcome and cope with the effects of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment can create an offensive work environment, leaving victims feeling fear, guilt or shame—but they are far from helpless in overcoming and coping with the effects of harassment. Get informed,  Read More …

Sexual Favoritism and Hostile Work Environment

Sexual favoritism can create a hostile work environment, even for those who are not sexually propositioned. California law provides that plaintiffs may establish the existence of a hostile work environment, even when they themselves have not been sexually propositioned. Widespread favoritism based upon consensual sexual affairs may imbue the workplace with an atmosphere that is  Read More …

Taking the First Steps

Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses the options one has in taking the first steps in responding to sexual harassment in the workplace.   ______ Attorney Timothy Broderick’s LinkedIn page. Attorney Timothy Broderick’s Avvo page. Attorney Katrina Saleen’s LinkedIn page. Attorney Katrina Saleen’s Avvo Page. Visit attorneys Timothy Broderick and Katrina Saleen at: Broderick Saleen Facebook Broderick  Read More …

Sexual Harassment Attorney Katrina Telfer Saleen’s Video Biography

Attorney Katrina Telfer Saleen of the Broderick Law Firm shares some personal background and her motivations for practicing sexual harassment law.

“Bad Apples” and Their Effect on the Work Environment

Sexual harassers, who can often be deemed the “bad apples” of the work place, often have a large negative effect on the work environment beyond merely the conflict between the harasser and the victim. The Wall Street Journal recently printed an article titled “How a Few Bad Apples Ruin Everything”, which analyzes how nasty or  Read More …

Sexual Harassment Education Requirements in California

The Broderick Law Firm provides training and education regarding sexual harassment for employees in compliance with California Government Code Section 12950.1. All supervisory employees in California must receive two hours of training and education in sexual harassment every two years, if their company has fifty or more employees. The training must consist of classroom or  Read More …

Do You Need a Sexual Harassment Lawyer?

Sexual harassment can manifest itself in different forms, which makes it difficult for a sexual harassment victim to accurately assess the strength of their harassment claim and/or retaliation claim and what the next steps ought to be. An experienced sexual harassment lawyer can help you navigate the complications involved in employment law. In California, the courts  Read More …

Common Mistake #11 – Not Getting an Attorney Involved Early in the Process

Victims often wait too long to get an attorney involved in their sexual harassment case. It is best to get an attorney involved in your case as early as possible. Attorneys will often make a demand for settlement before the victim files an administra tive complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)  Read More …

Common Mistake #10 – Not Checking for an Arbitration Agreement

Contractual arbitration has become increasingly popular for employers over the years, and so it is important for victims of sexual harassment to check to see if they are bound to arbitration, or whether they can instead file a lawsuit in Superior Court. It is important to determine if a victim is bound to arbitration before  Read More …