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Tragically, sexual harassment and sexual assault continue to be prevalent problems in many workplace environments. The physical and emotional trauma that comes along with these assaults can impact victims for years to come. Many victims never receive the emotional support and monetary compensation they deserve, as many workplace sexual assaults go unreported.

If you were sexually assaulted at your workplace, you deserve compensation for your emotional and physical injuries and proper representation from a Los Angeles Workplace Sexual Assault Lawyer. Read on to learn your rights and how to obtain legal representation as a victim of workplace sexual assault.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF WORKPLACE SEXUAL ASSAULT

If you have experienced workplace sexual assault, the most critical and time-sensitive issues to address are your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Along with receiving expert legal representation, you deserve proper physical and mental healthcare, too.

To begin the healing process, we recommend contacting a therapist who specializes in addressing trauma. One resource is the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which operates 24 hours a day and is free and confidential. The trained professionals at the hotline provide support and guidance through these difficult situations.

Following an incident of workplace sexual assault, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Prioritize your safety and well-being after a workplace sexual assault incident transpires
  • Reach out for emotional support following the incident by connecting with a trusted family member, friend, or therapist
  • Consider seeking medical attention by going to your local hospital or rape crisis center and reporting the assault to the police
  • Along with seeking medical attention for your physical injuries, consider going to therapy or speaking with a helpline to take care of your mental health properly
  • After taking the first steps to deal with your physical and mental health, consider filing a lawsuit to pursue monetary damages
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WHAT IF I DIDN'T REPORT WORKPLACE SEXUAL ASSAULT?

While all sexual assault victims deserve proper care and legal representation, many cases go unreported each year. Sexual assault incidents are traumatic, but sexual assault victims should never feel ashamed or scared about reporting their assault. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against you if you report sexual harassment or assault.

Even if you didn’t report your workplace sexual assault to your employer or the police immediately after it occurred, you still have the right to file a lawsuit against the assailant.

Many victims of sexual assault are not ready to start a lawsuit immediately. They first need to process their trauma and seek treatment and may not be ready to file a lawsuit for several years. Fortunately, California recognizes this fact, and the law has introduced reforms to extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault claims.

If the victim is over 18, legal action must be taken within the following time frames:

  • 10 years from the date of the sexual assault incident or
  • Three years from the date the victim discovered injury or illness related to the assault

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EXAMPLES OF WORKPLACE SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual assault in the workplace is defined as unwanted physical contact from a supervisor, coworker, or even a client or customer of the business. Sexual assault can take place in a variety of ways.

The following are some of the most common types of workplace sexual assault:

  • Forced kissing or fondling
  • Groping, slapping, or grabbing
  • Touching a person without consent
  • Any unwanted physical acts or sexual contact

HOW CAN A LOS ANGELES WORKPLACE SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWYER HELP?

No one should have to endure sexual assault. If you have experienced unwanted physical contact in your workplace environment, you are NOT alone. Let a dedicated Los Angeles Sexual Assault Lawyer help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Your attorney will be compassionate and understanding throughout the process, and they will provide you with resources to get you the help you need. Consult with an experienced lawyer today to file a civil lawsuit against your attacker.

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After experiencing any type of harassment or assault in the workplace, it’s difficult to know where to turn and who you can trust. At the Malk Law Firm, we have successfully represented employees against large and small companies (all over California and Washington) in various labor and employment-related lawsuits.

Trust our team to fight for your rights in the workplace. Our employee rights lawyer is available for a consultation to discuss your options. Please reach out today to tell us about your case.

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