Sexual Harassment Attorney in Pasadena
Sexual Harassment Lawsuits for Employees & Workers
Attorney Brian Claypool has successfully litigated numerous workplace sexual harassment and sexual abuse cases against both the alleged perpetrator and the company based on a theory that officers and directors knew or should have known that the perpetrator posed a risk of harm to others and failed to properly supervise the offender.
Most recently, he represented former America’s Next Top Model winner Naima Mora in a workplace sexual harassment/assault case against her direct supervisor and obtained a favorable out of court settlement. Mr. Claypool also secured a significant out of court settlement in a sexual harassment case against Prada on behalf of a male client. Our law firm also assists clients during the criminal investigative phase after the victim lodges a police report.
If you have been sexually harassed at work, then you will want the Claypool Law Firm in your corner. The experience and insight we bring to each case are difficult for any other firm to match.
Examples of Workplace Sexual Harassment
Most people assume that sexual harassment in the workplace must occur between a man and a woman. Others assume that it always involves a superior and an employer in a lower-paid position. While these factors might be common among sexual harassment cases, they are not required for a claim to be valid.
Sexual harassment can occur between opposite and same sexes and it can be committed by anyone in a company against anyone else. It is also possible to experience sexual harassment in the workplace by a visiting third party, like a customer or a vendor. In all situations, your employer has a responsibility to identify, stop, and prevent sexual harassment as much as possible.
Examples of sexual harassment that come up often in lawsuits include:
- Inappropriate sexually centered jokes
- Repeated and unwelcome sexual or romantic advances or comments
- Quid pro quo harassment or the promise of a benefit for a sexual act
- Invasive inquiries about a worker’s sexual preferences
- Treating an employee differently because of their sex
- Sexual assault or abuse
Can I Sue for Harassment Emotional Distress?
Whether you can sue for harassment and emotional distress depends on the specific circumstances and the laws in your jurisdiction. Harassment is a broad term, and it can encompass various types of behavior, some of which may give rise to legal claims, including claims for emotional distress. Here are some general considerations:
- Harassment Laws: Laws regarding harassment vary by jurisdiction, but they typically cover behaviors that involve unwanted and repeated actions or conduct that create a hostile or intimidating environment. If you believe you have been subjected to harassment, you should consult with an attorney to determine if you have a valid legal claim.
- Emotional Distress Claims: To successfully sue for emotional distress, you typically need to demonstrate that the harassment caused severe emotional or psychological harm. This can be challenging, as courts often require substantial evidence to support such claims. Consult with a personal injury attorney to assess whether your case meets the legal criteria for an emotional distress claim.
- Employment-Related Claims: If the harassment occurred in the workplace, you may also have potential claims related to workplace harassment or discrimination. In such cases, you should consult with an employment attorney who can advise you on the appropriate legal action to take, which might involve filing a complaint with a government agency (e.g., EEOC) or pursuing a civil lawsuit.
- Statute of Limitations: It's important to be aware of the statute of limitations in your jurisdiction, which sets a time limit for filing a lawsuit. If you believe you have a valid claim for harassment or emotional distress, consult with an attorney promptly to ensure you don't miss the deadline for filing.
- Documentation: To support your case, it's crucial to document incidents of harassment, gather any relevant evidence (such as emails, texts, or witness statements), and keep records of the emotional distress you've experienced, such as medical records or therapy notes.
Given the complexity of harassment and emotional distress claims, it's advisable to consult with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and provide guidance on the best course of action.
Damages Recoverable in a Sexual Harassment Claim
As someone who has been sexually harassed in your workplace, you might be able to file a claim or a complaint against your employer for failing to stop it.
In your claim, you can demand certain damages based on what you have endured. If you choose the Claypool Law Firm to represent you, then we will use our extensive experience to calculate your owed damages as accurately as possible. With focus and determination, we could secure a maximized amount of damages on your behalf.
You could be paid damages related to:
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of a safe work environment
- Costs of finding a new job or career
You might even be paid punitive damages by the defendant, which is usually an employer, not an individual worker. A judge or jury awards punitive damages to penalize a defendant who has committed egregious offenses, like an employer who not only failed to stop sexual harassment in the workplace but also encouraged it.
No matter what damages you are owed, it would be our honor to help you pursue them. We are considered leading litigators and fighters for a better commonwealth.
We are located in Pasadena, California but take cases nationwide. Call (626) 602-1333.
The firm has an approximate 90% success rate. Mr. Claypool has conducted in excess of 100 jury trials in state and federal courts.
Mr. Claypool is personally involved in every case and is committed to building strong personal connections with his clients.
To ensure that every client receives the attention and support he or she deserves, our firm maintains a select caseload and will not hesitate to partner with other upstanding lawyers in Southern California.
Our firm is committed to helping victims of injustice break the code of silence that often permeates within private and government entities.