The biotech industry is competitive. Ambitious, smart women and men are working together and competing to develop breakthroughs across industries, from agriculture to energy to pharmaceuticals. The competition for funding is intense, and interactions between both competitors and co-workers may be affected by the goals of fleshing out the strongest.
Joking and teasing is commonplace in any work environment, and you have likely been involved on both sides of the banter in many situations. However, when the conversation becomes uncomfortable; when an unexpected, suggestive request is made either verbally or through a note; when leering looks, offensive remarks or gestures become repetitive; when any unwelcome touching or attention becomes severe enough to make you uncomfortable, you should consult a sexual harassment lawyer.
Report Harassment Immediately. You Have Rights. Do Not Endure Harassment.
The quicker you take action, the sooner something can be done to stop harassment and prevent it in the future. At Winer, Burritt and Scott, LLP, our conversations are discreet and confidential. We offer free initial consultations, and we represent clients with cases for compensation on a contingency fee basis.
If you have questions about whether some action is or is not sexual harassment, we encourage you to contact us either by email or phone at (510) 433-1000.
How Do You Know If You Were Sexually Harassed?
Sexual harassment occurs not only between co-workers. It can be subtle or direct and very obvious. It can begin very innocently and escalate into obscene and offensive actions, or even actions characteristic of stalking. It can come from a boss, a board member, a business partner or a client.
You have options in all of these situations. It is critical to understand the nuances of different types of sexual harassment either with a human resources representative or an attorney. An attorney can help you understand the legal process and the implications of filing a claim and pursuing compensation for damages to your career and emotional distress.
Speak With An Experienced Attorney
Call us in Oakland or Los Angeles at (510) 433-1000. Our employment attorneys represent victims of sexual harassment in the biotech industry throughout California. We have decades of experience, and we are recognized nationally for our leadership in the field.
**We do not represent perpetrators of sexual harassment or those who are accused of sexually harassing behavior.