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Reporting sexual harassment

Maybe it was a joke about your body or a comment on what you were wearing perhaps it was even a "mistaken" touch that made you realize you had been sexually harassed. The modern day working environment presents more of a struggle than ever for workers seeking help after experiencing sexual harassment on the job.

Toni Jaramilla, an attorney and partner at Toni Jaramilla, A Professional Law Corporation, recently contributed to the LA Times helping to guide victims of sexual harassment who want to report their aggressors. As former chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Jaramilla is well versed in supporting victims on their legal and emotional journey after suffering from harassment.

Attorney Toni Jaramilla featured in LA Times article

Our own Toni Jaramilla was featured in an LA Times article about sexual harassment in the workplace. She commented on what constitutes as harassment at work and the importance of documenting the incidents.

For most people, work is a part of daily life. You go to work and do your job so you can support yourself, but what happens when unwelcome harassment becomes part of your work environment? In some cases sexual harassment is obvious, but in more nuanced instances it can be difficult to tell if you are being harassed.

After a sexual harassment complaint, is HR on your side?

If you’ve ever experienced sexual harassment at work, you probably realized that what was happening was illegal. Typical cases involve far more than an innocent compliment or a friendly arm around the shoulders. As we’ve all seen in the news recently, sexual harassment commonly involves blatant, persistent sexual advances, unwanted sexual touching and worse.

Since sexual harassment is illegal and often shocking, you might assume that your company will respond sympathetically to an honest, good-faith complaint. Ideally, they will. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that HR will consider you -- not your harasser -- to be a problem employee.

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