We Fight For Victims Of Workplace Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
At Kobes Legal PLLC, we are ready to help you fight back against sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Learn more about these issues below, then feel free to contact us to discuss your legal options.
What Types Of Workplace Discrimination Are You Protected From?
Unfortunately, not all forms of discrimination are illegal. But between federal laws like the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, employers may not discriminate against you (in hiring, promotion or termination) based on the following criteria:
- Sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation
- National origin
- Age (if over 40)
- Military status or honorable discharge
- Genetic information
Proving discrimination is not always easy, because employers aren’t required to disclose information about hiring and promotion decisions. Moreover, Washington is an at-will employment state and employers can fire you for no reason or for any reason except for the protected characteristics listed above. That being said, it is possible to gather evidence and build a case when you work with the right attorney. As an employment law attorney, Brett Kobes is determined to help victims of workplace discrimination secure justice.
Identifying And Addressing Sexual Harassment
There are two broad categories of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo involves a superior offering work-related benefits for sexual favors and/or threatening work-related punishments if sexual advances are refused. Anytime your job or your status within the company are tied to sex or enduring sexual harassment, it is likely a case of quid pro quo.
The other type of sexual harassment is known as hostile work environment. It involves any of the following:
- Unwanted comments or innuendos about sex or your appearance
- Inappropriate workplace jokes and conversations directed at you or spoken within earshot
- Unwelcome touching and gestures
- Repeated attempts to ask you on a date
- Derogatory comments about your gender, even if not directed at you
- Watching pornography or viewing other inappropriate material at work where you and others can easily see/hear it
Your employer has a legal obligation to ensure a safe and respectful work environment. If you’ve reported the offender to Human Resources or a high-level official in the company, it is the company’s responsibility to rectify the situation immediately. If your complaints are ignored or you suffer retaliation for speaking up, you can sue your employer with the help of a skilled employment lawyer.