As an employee in California, you have certain rights in place to protect you from workplace mistreatment and help you establish financial security on behalf of you and your family. When those rights are violated by your employer, it is up to you to take a stand.
Before you make a move, though, discuss your situation with an experienced employment law attorney. That way, you will have a complete understanding of your rights and legal options, and you will have someone on your side who knows how to present your case in a way that appeals to California courts.
California and Federal law make it an unlawful employment practice to treat employees differently because of immutable characteristics such as race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, a disability, or pregnancy. You have legal options if you have been discriminated against or experienced retaliation for opposing discrimination.
Sexual harassment can be one of the most oppressive forms of workplace abuse. Whether it occurs in the form of quid pro quo sexual harassment (if you respond to sexual advances, you'll get preferential treatment), or as a result of a sexually hostile work environment, you have the right to take legal action.
By standing up for yourself now, you could be creating a workplace free of sexual harassment, which in turn protects others from experiencing the same treatment in the future.