How long do I have to file a sexual harassment lawsuit in California?
According to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the statute of limitations for filing a claim alleging sexual harassment in California is one (1) year from the date of the last incident of sexual harassment.
If a victim files with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), he or she has six months from the date of the last incident. Once a victim files, he or she either can request that the department perform an investigation or immediately receive a right to sue letter.
Depending on the severity of the claimed actions of the perpetrator, an immediate letter for the right to sue may be best. Once a victim receives a right to sue letter, he or she then has an additional year from the date of the letter to file a complaint with the California Superior Court against the perpetrator and/or employer.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual harassment, do not try to fight this battle on your own. Let a compassionate sexual harassment attorney build a case in your favor and fight to make sure that the perpetrator is rightfully reprimanded.
Fighting Sexual Harassment in California
No person should have to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace, and if someone does, he or she should have the right to sue the perpetrator and the employer who let it happen. Fortunately, such a right exists. Sexual harassment is not only a form of discrimination, but also, it is a crime.
At the Workplace Rights Law Group, our Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys work with victims to fight the crimes committed against them and to win compensation for their injuries and damages. As a result, we are fully aware of what makes a successful case. In addition to filing your claim within the one year or six-month deadline, there are some other steps that you and your attorney can take to ensure a successful outcome. Those are:
- Gather the necessary evidence from witnesses and personnel file documents;
- Document emotional distress and related injuries;
- Gather discipline files of harassers, and make note when there are not any; and
- Identify acts by the employer that indicate that he or she did not take action to rectify the situation and/or that a supervisor perpetrated the harasser’s actions.
In addition to building a case on your behalf, our attorneys will also make sure that the necessary protections are in place to keep the harasser at bay.
Do Not Be a Victim Any Longer – Fight Back
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual harassment, it is time to say no more and fight back against the perpetrator with a well-planned, skillfully-executed sexual harassment claim. Unfortunately, it is not always enough to report the adverse events to employers.
If that is the case with you, and if your employer did not take actions to rectify the situation, you may have a case against both your harasser and your employer. Get started on your case today, and call the Los Angeles sexual harassment attorneys at Workplace Rights Law Group to discuss your options. Each case evaluation is free and confidential. Call today to get started.