In our most recent post, we discussed the case of the bakery worker who is suing the former Santa Cruz mayor and her husband over claims of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment and retaliation at the bakery the former mayor owns. If you recall, the alleged harasser was the former mayor’s husband. We know that it is difficult to think about taking legal action against your employer; however, when you are being subjected to sexual harassment and become the victim of retaliation when you speak up against those unlawful actions, you might find it necessary.
We want you to know that retaliation because you speak up against sexual harassment isn’t lawful. You can take action against your employer if your pay, duties, hours or other factors related to work change in a negative manner after you speak up about the harassment. There are state and federal laws that offer specific protections against retaliation.
We will work with you to learn about the events of your case. We will work on your behalf to collect the evidence that is needed to prove that you were retaliated against. You don’t have to try to gather evidence and handle all the legal work on your own. We are here to advocate for you and help protect your rights.
One of the first things we will have to do is to determine exactly what the retaliatory actions were. We will try to discover the underlying reason for those actions so that we can help you explore your options for handling the sensitive matter.