Manteca, CA asked in Sexual Harassment for California

Q: Is it illegal if I’m using the restroom at work, and and co workers open the door and expose my privacy

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Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
Answered
  • Irvine, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It could be. Far more would need to be known.

To constitute sexual harassment in the workplace you must prove you were subjected to unwelcomed comments or conduct of a sexual nature that was so severe or pervasive so as to fundamentally alter the workplace rendering it hostile toward you as a member of your sex. Usually a single event is not going to be severe enough to constitute unlawful harassment, but it is conceivable, especially if there are other facts or circumstances involved.

It would be wise to report this to HR or management. After doing that the employer will have an affirmative legal duty to protect you from further acts of harassment.

Good luck to you.

Bruce Alexander Minnick and William John Light agree with this answer

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I'm not sure that it's illegal in the sense that a crime has been committed. However, it is an invasion of privacy that could give rise to a lawsuit.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

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