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Sexual Harassment

When you are sexually harassed, harassed because you are a woman, or harassed because of your race, age, or other protected characteristic, you need someone on your side.

I have represented unlawfully harassed women and men for 30 years. I know how destructive workplace harassment can be because I have seen the damage it causes.

Women and men who are being harassed have difficult decisions to make. They want the harassment to stop. They are afraid if they complain they will be harassed more or eventually fired. At some point, they just can’t take it any more.

A Rosie the Riveter mural on an abandoned building, portraying a World War II icon of women at work

There are many types of unlawful harassment. The first type most people think of is harassment of a sexual nature, including unwanted comments about sex. But harassment does not need to be sexual to be against the law.

Also unlawful is harassment of an employee because she is a woman. Disrespectful treatment, unwarranted criticism and discipline, double standards, and demeaning words are some of the many ways that women are harassed in the workplace.

Harassment because of race, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristic is also against the law. I have fought for many employees who complained about harassment because of all sorts of unlawful motives.

One of those cases, in which I represented a Muslim employee who said he was harassed because of his religion, resulted in an important published Court of Appeal decision, Nazir v. United Airlines, Inc. (2009) 178 Cal.App.4th 243.

When you are harassed at work or are fired for trying to stop workplace harassment, you need someone on your side. Call or e-mail me today.

Law Offices of Phil Horowitz
One Market Plaza, Spear Tower, Suite 1850
San Francisco, California, 94105 USA
415.391.0111