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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: An employee of a large franchise took a photo of my wife’s backside while shopping.

The employee was confirmed to have the photo on his phone and uploaded it to a messenger app for “work purposes”. Employee was confronted and apologized, asking for forgiveness. This is a large franchise store.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 17, 2021

You have not asked a question here. However, I have already answered your other post that did ask an answer. Take care.

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it legal for a store employee to take a photo of my wife’s backside?

The incident took place at a large franchise store while we were buying something. I confronted the employee and found the photo which focused on my wife. The picture was being sent to a group of “supervisors” on a group messaging app. The employee apologized and begged for forgiveness. Has... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 17, 2021

Taking a picture of someone in a public place is legal. One exception was made when a penal code was enacted that prevented people of taking pictures up a skirt or down a blouse, essentially taking a picture of those places where the person has not made public.

Good luck to you and to your wife.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Ive complained about nothing being done about sexual harassment and am now being treated poorly by supervisors

I work at a school and have had multiple comments made to me by students. I have reported it all to my supervisor, and her supervisor as well. The students had no consequences. The counselor came in a did a presentation for a few students talking about what sexual harassment is. I met with both... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 13, 2021

You can contact the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Federal government's Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and file a claim for sexual harassment. Here's the link to the DFEH: https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/ and here's the link to the EEOC:... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: My friend says she was sexually assaulted in a residential mental ward can j get her out of there
William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 10, 2021

If she is there voluntarily, she can check herself out, although that seems unlikely. If she has been committed, you cannot unilaterally take her away. You can call the police and/or make a complaint to the licensing board. dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Pages/MH-Licensing.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can public/private schools/colleges require only girls o wear sandals as part of dress code rather than all students?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Mar 9, 2021

Are you doing a homework assignment, or just curious about dress code laws? You have asked perhaps 8 questions all about various aspects of an employer's or school's right to enforce certain dress codes. The diversity of the factual bases for your questions suggest this is not about a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can office job bosses require women to wear earrings to work?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 8, 2021

It would help if you provided more information. It seems you have asked at least 4 similar questions along the same lines. But you don't offer any details about the nature of the work, the kind of company where the work is, or other context for how this issue arose. Most lawyers like to know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Are office job bosses allowed to require women to wear sandals, flats, or only footwear not fully covering the foot?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 8, 2021

That depends: on the nature of your work/job, the purpose of the requirement, what men in similar jobs are required to do, etc. What documentary evidence do you have for such a requirement? Take a good look at that, and perhaps go to your human resources department, if you have one. I'm having... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can office job boss refuse hiring a woman wearing dressy shoes covering the whole foot, not partially, to an interview?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Mar 8, 2021

It depends. An employer cannot treat one gender different than another in the selection of candidate to become employees. If you can prove the dressy shoes covering the whole foot is uniquely related to being a woman, then you might have a claim.

Good luck to you.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: I need to know how to get my last check from my previous employer. And if I have a sexual harassment case.

He asked me if he could be my sugar daddy and when I said no he started to get disrespectful and we started arguing all the time. He fired me last Thursday and is refusing to give me my check when he I’m assuming should have given it to me by law Friday?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Feb 26, 2021

When you are fired, you must be provided with a final check reflecting all of your wages owed plus any accrued vacation pay that same day. A willful failure to do so mean you are entitled to Waiting Time Penalties equal to one day of pay for each day you are made to wait for that final check, up... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: My mom she's in her sixties can she get in trouble for walking around in a semi see thru night gown when friends r over

She doesn't wear a bra only panties. She also leaves her bedroom door open a bit when she's laying on her bed doing stuff

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 21, 2021

Her house, her rules! Unless there are young kids around, it is not a crime in her house.

Go Mom!

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Did this person violate PC 243.4 Sexual Battery, PC 288 Lewd Acts with a Minor Child Under 14, or PC 647.6 Annoy child?

In a reddit post related to legal questions, there appears to be a person, who obsessively imagines questionable stuff.

According to him: He lives in northern CA. While he was jogging across a bridge which had a family (parent and 4 small kids) sitting on the bridge, he imagined that he was... Read more »

David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr answered on Feb 7, 2021

No. No.

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Do I have a case if my old boss forcefully interrogated every employee to talk about what they think of me?

I sent my boss an email about the hostile environment she was creating. I told her my concerns, but she attacked me and said I was judging her. I also sent a separate email to my coworkers, after quitting, informing them about the situation and asking them if I was the only one that felt this way.... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Feb 3, 2021

No. You do not have a case because your boss asked all of the other employees questions about you. The employer is allowed to do that.

It is important for you to know for the future that there is nothing unlawful about a boss creating a work environment filled with hostility. The term...
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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it legal for a 17 and 18 year old to touch each other lewdly in California?

Completely hypothetical, I'm just curious since California doesn't have Romeo and Juliet laws regarding it.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

My advice is that you seek a private consultation with a Criminal Defense attorney to have a confidential conversation and to not post things on a public forum where the DA and the Police can see every admission you make.

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2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Do I have to file a small claims in the county where the incident occured? Same question for sexual harassment?!

I rented a room in Mount Shasta in northern CA. The landlord abruptly and rudely kicked me out. He still has 2/3 of a month of my rent money plus my deposit. On more then one occassion he sexually harassed me. I now live in Northridge CA.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 7, 2021

Yes, you have to file where it occurred. There are specific statutes that apply to your situation and they have specific provisions for the damages to which you are entitled if you prevail. You should consult with an attorney about these so that you can file papers that put forth the proper... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Libel & Slander and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is there any way extortion can be justified?

I was involved in a domestic violence/sexual assault incident with someone whom was once close to me. I wrote to him "If you do not pay me back, I will have you arrested". I did not know of extortion, so I didn't know it would be an issue until the detective on my case brought it up.... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Nov 20, 2020

You committed extortion when you threatened to call the police if you were not paid. That does not change whether you have a meritorious and valuable legal claim for the wrongdoing that was being done. It just gives the "victim" of the extortion the right to file a lawsuit against you,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Is it illegal to set some one up

Isn’t illegal to watch someone on camera without consennt they said an diego police gave them permission to set me up isn’t that illegal

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Oct 23, 2020

Eavesdropping is an invasion of privacy and may be a crime in California unless consent is obtained prior to the act itself. You may want to talk to a lawyer if you need more information concerning your particular circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Identity Theft, Lemon Law, Sexual Harassment and Trademark for California on
Q: Can you help me p

Someone been got into my phone

Timothy John Billick
Timothy John Billick answered on Oct 22, 2020

Please consult a privacy attorney to help you with this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for California on
Q: When did it become punishment by law to molest a child in California ? My family believes this was not punishable unt

My mom is a victim of child molestation and my family defends the man who did it- he remains in the family

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 19, 2020

The age of consent, at the time applying only when the girl is the younger party, was 10 when California introduced its Penal Code in 1850. In 1889 the age of consent was raised to 14. In 1897 the age of consent became 16. The age of consent in California has been 18 since 1913. Some media sources... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What are my options against a professor for sexual advancement?

At my university, there is a biochemistry professor who has been stalking me for many years and chose me because I was naive and was a homeschool, study student. I do not like this biochemistry professor. I want this to stop and do not want to see this. This professor holds a higher position and... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 15, 2020

Sexual harassment in Education is prohibited by law. Your post comes from IL, not CA, SH is prohibited by Federal law. First you should seek legal advice from a local attorney that specializes in cases involving Sexual Harassment, possibly employment (same laws) or Civil Rights. You should write... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: What charges can I press against a person I used to live with, for harassment?

I have their numbered blocked and they will call my phone multiple times a day, to try to get my attention and try to make me hang out with them for sexual favors, even though I constantly say no, and to leave me alone. I have text messages showing that I'm constantly telling them to leave me... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 22, 2020

Get a restraining order.

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