Sexual Harassment as a Personal Injury Claim

Sexual Harassment as a Personal Injury Claim

Criminal Defense Attorney

Our workplaces are beginning to reflect the changing attitudes regarding gender stereotypes. As men are beginning to take on stereotypically female roles as nurses, assistants and stay at home spouses; women are taking opportunities as entrepreneurs, CEOs and managers. Despite this shift, the wage gap between men and women in the same professions has undergone little change. There is still work to be done to provide equity to all genders in the workplace.  

Unfortunately, another relic still looms over the workplace like wage inequity: sexual harassment. It is important to note that while female-identifying people are thought to be the primary targets of harassment, harassment can happen to anyone in the workplace. Sexual harassment consists of many inappropriate behaviors including, but not limited to:

  • Jokes of a sexual nature that make the recipient uncomfortable.
  • A request for sexual favors
  • Scheduled private meetings out of the office
  • Using inappropriate images for advertising work programs
  • Any unwelcome touching of any kind

Although these are all considered forms of harassment, you should consult an attorney to decide what your legal options are. It is important to consult an attorney even if you are sure you have endured harassment, because you may not have the legal knowledge available to decide how to proceed based on your situation.

In most cases regarding sexual harassment, the individual accused of harassment and the employer can be named in a civil suit following an incident. The full range of damages–physical, mental, emotional–will be addressed in court. Because the employer could be possibly involved or unresponsive to the incident of sexual harassment, the “respondent superior” (“let the master answer”) principle is applied. This means that the employer is responsible for their employees actions when completing work-related tasks. Most companies will better compensate you, especially if your concerns went unaddressed.

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact a personal injury attorney with experience in this area. They can discuss your rights and gauge what your legal options are moving forward. Sexual harassment is considered a personal injury and covers the scope of any or all forms of injury–mental, physical, and emotional. Thankfully, a criminal defense attorney San Francisco, CA offers will be by your side to advocate for your rights and demand the compensation you deserve for your ordeal. Man, woman, or nonbinary, you deserve a safe workplace and retribution if that is breached.



Thank you to our friends and contributors at Morales Law Firm for their insight into criminal defense cases and sexual harassment.

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