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Sexual Harassment

Stockton Sexual Harassment Attorney Represents Aggrieved Employees

Protecting clients from unfair treatment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is an assault on a person’s dignity and worth. It can be emotionally scarring and even physically debilitating. Despite efforts to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace, offending behavior continues and victims seek recourse through the law. If you believe you have been a victim of sexual harassment, Law Offices of Mark S. Adams is here to help.

Understanding sexual harassment and the law

Sexual harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination outlawed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It exists when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature are linked to employment or career advancement, or simply make one’s job intolerable.

  • Quid pro quo: The first and most overt type of sexual harassment exists when a person’s employment or career advancement actually depends upon submission to a superior’s sexual overtures. This quid pro quo (this for that) exchange can be explicitly stated or merely implied by the overall circumstances.
  • Hostile work environment: This type of sexual harassment is found in workplaces where unwanted sexual conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment. When a worker hates being on the job because of the sexual conduct she must see, hear or suffer, she may very well have a case for sexual harassment.
  • The unwelcome question: The sticking point for all sexual harassment claims is that the conduct must be unwelcome. Office flirtations and romances, even between a worker and a supervisor, are not harassment when they are fully consensual. Therefore, it is important for a victim to take reasonable steps to establish his or her objection to the behavior.
  • Same-sex sexual harassment: Sexual harassment does not have to be between members of opposite sex. Cases of same-sex harassment are prevalent, and it is not necessary to prove a homosexual orientation in the harasser.

Our attorney treats all accusations of sexual misconduct seriously.

Remedies to compensate and restore victims

Victims who prove sexual harassment may collect damages, including:

  • Back pay – wages, salary, and fringe benefits that the victim would have received from the point at which she or he was denied employment or promotion up to the date of the trial
  • Compensatory damages – for emotional distress, pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
  • Attorney’s Fees – at the court’s discretion, to the prevailing party
  • Punitive damages – limited to cases in which the employer’s behavior was intentional, with malice or reckless indifference toward the victim
  • Front pay – compensation for anticipated future losses in cases where reinstatement is not practical

Injunctive relief, including reinstating a fired employee or ordering the employer to change policies and practices that allowed the harassment to occur, is also available.

Contact an aggressive employment attorney for your sexual harassment claim.

Law Offices of Mark S. Adams will assert your rights against your employer. Call our Stockton, California office at 209-481-3485 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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Recent Results
  • "In a 2006 case in a San Joaquin County Superior Court case entitled the Chargin v. Stockton Port District. Mr. Adams was hired by the Port Commission as trial counsel in what turned out to be a three month jury trial involving nineteen plaintiffs who claimed 7.5 million dollars in damages resulting from the Port’s alleged maintenance of a nuisance. The jury returned 38 defense verdicts on behalf of Mr. Adams’ client."

  • "Mr. Adams again represented the Stockton Port District in Federal District Court in Sacramento and obtained a $600,000 settlement against one of the Port’s insurance carriers, CNA who denied a covered claim."

  • "In 2017 he settled a case against an insurance company for the Policy Limit of $250,000 for a man struck by a truck in a parking lot aggravating his depression and fibromyalgia."

  • "In 2018 he settled an age discrimination case for $200,000 against a large Ag equipment dealer."

Testimonials
  • "FANTASTIC AND I WILL TELL YOU WHYMark has been my lawyer for two separate cases. When the second work related incident occurred, I didn’t hesitate to call Mark.Mark is very sensitive to issues that need a soft touch. Going through what I was I did not want an out of touch in-compassionate lawyer. I appreciated his approach.He always “showed up”. Emails were sent and received promptly, he was always easy to get a hold of and most importantly never said he was going to do anything he didn’t do. I never felt like I was “just another client”Lastly, his experience was extensive. He communicated in a way that was easy to understand. I didn't have to deal with the legal jargon as with other lawyers." - Jessica 09/06/17

  • "Great employment lawyer!I did my research and I found Mr. Adams. He helped me with my case. I was always kept updated and responded quickly with any questions. He represented me very well and I would recommend to friends and family or anybody who wants a great lawyer with experience." - Jose 08/28/17

  • "Pregnancy discrimination etc...Mark, was awesome he was honest caring, efficient. When no other attorney wanted my case he was the only one who actually cared about my case. I thank him so much because i was ready to give up, i must mention i was not a easy client. He got me settlement i agreed to. Thanks Mark your the best and i highly recommend this attorney." - Latoya Brumfield 03/09/17

  • "Wrongful TerminationMark took my case when I was turned by three other attorneys. This was my first experience in dealing with an attorney, and I want to say that working with Mark made it much easier than I expected.He kept me fully informed at all times. He was very professional, dedicated, and hard working.My case was settled after 1-1/2 years due to Mark's hard work." - Anonymous 03/03/15

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