Attorney Carney Shegerian, founder of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, recently released comments on a sexual harassment suit against the former mayor ofSan Diego, CA. The City of San Diego will pay $667,000in settlement funds to former mayor Bob Filner’s executive assistant amid allegations of improper sexual conduct on the job.
“Government workers at all levels, whether local, state or federal, are protected under the broad umbrella of employment discrimination law,” said Shegerian. “Yet, these workers are often very reluctant to come forward, as is the case with many workers involved in sexual harassment cases, due to fear of retaliation, job loss and exposure from media. This, however, should not prevent employees from boldly asserting their right to work in an environment free from sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behavior.”
“Especially when there is compelling evidence due to a superior’s brazenly open behavior, speaking up is always the right thing to do,” Shegerian went on to say. “Chances are, as was the result in this case, there are others in the workplace that are experiencing the same or worse behavior and the entire organization needs to be put on notice that rights are being unfairly violated.”
“Sexual harassment cases are tricky in that, for an employee, it may feel as though you’re putting your entire livelihood on the line by moving forward with a lawsuit, but with the right legal representation and the law on your side, it can be the best decision in the long run,” Shegerian commented.
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com
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