Sexual Harassment

Bergeson, LLP attorneys regularly represent and counsel both employers and employees in sexual harassment matters, including regarding hostile work environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment claims.  In particular, our lawyers have a special expertise defending against and prosecuting harassment claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

“Hostile work environment” sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, comments, and/or conduct are so severe and/or pervasive that they create a work environment that a reasonable person would find abusive.  “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment occurs when a supervisor’s or manager’s request for sexual favors from an employee is linked to the grant or denial of employment-related benefits (e.g., promotion or raise).

For our employer clients, we advise them about preventive measures, assist them with conducting sexual harassment investigations, and defend them in sexual harassment litigation, among other things.  For our employee clients, we vigorously defend them at every stage of the process, from the pre-complaint stage to the conclusion of any litigation.

Whether representing employers or employees, our law firm consistently strives to achieve the most cost-effective, optimal resolution.