Q: Can I do anything? i was sexually harassed by my manger about 3 years ago
She told me i would remember her for the rest of my life, i had to go to the hospital a couple times for suicidal ideation,i still can't stop thinking of her, i was only 18 and she was 35 , i told her to leave me alone but when i said that she kept doing it, i didn't understand at the time that she was messing with me , i was going to college and almost dropped out, she transferred me stores after she was done traumatizing me , i couldn't be around her i couldn't keep my head up,she asked me if I would go help the other store and i said yeah i can't be around you, my drepession was bad , i just felt horrible she was the manger so who was i supposed to talk to. I still haven't worked since this happened,
You should immediately file an administrative complaint online with Department of Fair Employment and Housing against your manager and her employer based on sexual harassment, gender based discrimination and retaliation. You have only 3 years from the last act to file the administrative complaint or your claims will be statutorily barred. The good news is you have an extra 180 days due to the Pandemic related tolling of all deadlines by the California Judicial Council.
You should also seek a consultation with an employment attorney. Most provide free consultations.
Maya L. Serkova agrees with this answer
You need to act immediately. Ideally you should consult with an employment law attorney and have that attorney file your administrative claim with the Department of Fair Emploment and Housing. If you cannot do that, file and administrative complaint immediately. Any bad conduct that occurred more than three years prior to the filing of the administrative complaint may be time barred.
I would suggest you look either on this site, or go to www.cela.org, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.
Most employment attorneys who practice this area of law offer a free or low-charge consultation and then if the matter has merit and sufficient value, they work on a contingency basis, meaning you can hire an attorney without paying any money until the matter results in a positive outcome for you. Many advance all the costs of the litigation as well. Do not let fear of fees and costs keep you from finding a good attorney.
Good luck to you.
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