Our mission is to protect the rights of workers, and to help victims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse recover, and hold the perpetrators accountable.
Below are some resources that may help provide immediate attention to you and your case. These valuable resources may also help keep you informed about your employee and civil rights.
A GUIDE TO
Federal and California State Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Laws
Genie Harrison is on the board of directors for The California Women’s Law Center, a unique advocate, working in collaboration with allies, to protect, secure, and advance the comprehensive civil rights of women and girls, with a particular emphasis on low-income women and girls.
In September 2018, the CWLC released this comprehensive legal guide , “A Guide to Federal and California State Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault Laws.”
This Guide identifies and outlines various claims that can be brought for sexual discrimination, harassment and assault under federal and state law. Designated for use by both attorneys and non-attorneys, the Guide allows readers to review and compare the elements required to establish each type of claim, and contains a variety of illustrative case law examples.
Speaking up is the first step.
While CWLC recognizes that navigating the complex legal environment surrounding these types of claims can be difficult, the hope is that the Guide will be helpful to survivors and their advocates in determining the legal course that works best for them.
For nearly 30 years, CWLC has stood with victims of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault. To learn more about the CWLC’s work to combat violence against women, visit their website at cwlc.org.
To download the Guide, click here.
In case of an emergency, sexual assault or rape, call 911.
To make a police report, here are some websites for police departments in the Los Angeles area:
Los Angeles Police Dept: www.lapdonline.org
Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Dept: www.lasd.org
Glendale Police Dept: www.glendaleca.gov
Culver City Police Dept: www.culvercitypd.org
Santa Monica Police Dept: www.santamonicapd.org
Beverly Hills Police Dept: www.beverlyhills.org
List of Police Departments in Los Angeles County: www.laalmanac.com
EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR SEX CRIMES:
Los Angeles Rape and Battery 24 hour Crisis Lines
Central Los Angeles: (213) 626-3393
South Los Angeles: (310) 392-8381
West San Gabriel Valley: (626) 793-3385
Sexual assault resources include:
RAINN Hotline: (800) 656-4673
Website and links:
Public Transit Sexual Harassment 24 hour Crisis Line: (844) 633-5464
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network 24 Hotline: (800) 656-4673
MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY SERVICES:
24 Hour Crisis Line — National Alliance on Mental Health / Toll-free: (800) 854-7771
Psychiatric Mobile Response Team: (310) 482-3260
Mental Health Evaluation Unit: (213) 996-1300
Police Response with Mental Health Worker: (910) 966-6500
California Government Agencies
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
Toll-free: (800) 884-1684
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws. The mission of the DFEH is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations and from hate violence and human trafficking.
California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)
Public Information Office: (213) 620-6330
The mission of the California Labor Commissioner’s Office is to ensure a just day’s pay in every workplace in the State and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. By combating wage theft, protecting workers from retaliation, and educating the public, we put earned wages into workers’ pockets and help level the playing field for law-abiding employers. This office is also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
U.S. Dept. of Labor — Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Toll-free: (800) 321-6742
Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. If you have concerns, you have the right to speak up about them without fear of retaliation. Contact OSHA to ask about a health and safety issue at your workplace and discuss your rights. Your information will be kept confidential. There are 18 OSHA offices in California.
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
The Employment Development Department (EDD) offers a wide variety of services to millions of Californians under Unemployment Insurance (UI), State Disability Insurance (SDI), workforce investment (Jobs and Training), and Labor Market Information programs.
Federal Government Agencies
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
(800) 669-6820 (TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only)
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal employment discrimination laws. Its website provides information on the federal laws that are designed to prevent employment discrimination based on race, religion, sex and other categories.
EEOC Los Angeles District Office:
255 E. Temple Street, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012
EEOC San Diego District Office:
401 B Street, Suite 1550, San Diego, CA 92101
EEOC San Francisco District Office:
901 Market Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94013
National Labor Relations Board
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees’ rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.
Los Angeles District Office: (310) 235-7352
11150 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Los Angeles District Office: (213) 894-5254
888 S. Figueroa Street, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
San Diego District Office: (619) 557-6184
555 West Beech Street, Suite 418, San Diego, CA 92101
Oakland District Office: (510) 637-3300
Oakland Federal Building — 1301 Clay Street, Room 300-N, Oakland, CA 94612
San Francisco District Office: (415) 356-5130
901 Market Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103
U.S. Department of Labor — Wage and Hour Division
Los Angeles District Office
(Serving Kern, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties and portions of Los Angeles county)
915 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 960, Los Angeles, CA 90017
West Covina District Office
(Serving San Bernardino county, Riverside county and portions of Los Angeles county)
100 N. Barranca Street, Suite 850, West Covina, CA 91791
Fresno Area Office
906 N. Street, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93721
Sacramento District Office
2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1836, Sacramento, CA 95825
Orange Area Office
770 The City Drive South, Suite 5710, Orange, CA 92868
San Diego District Office
550 Corporate Center
550 West “C” Street, Suite 990, San Diego, CA 92101
San Francisco Area Office
90 7th Street, Suite 11-100, San Francisco, CA 94103
San Jose District Office
US Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Division
96 North 3rd Street, Suite 400, San Jose, CA 95112
Women In Film Sexual Harassment Help Line
Due to the countless allegations of sexual harassment perpetrated by many powerful men in the entertainment industry, Women In Film has launched a Sexual Harassment Help Line.
Call (323) 545-0333 / 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday.
Anyone, regardless of gender, can access the help line.
Peace Over Violence
Provides education, in hospital advocacy, emergency services, legal services, case management and counseling for those who have experience sexual assault & rape, harassment, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence
Phone: (213) 955-9090
YWCA Greater Los Angeles
Provides crisis intervention, education, accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement & court, counseling and self defense for survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence.
Phone: (214) 365-2991
Provide resources and referrals for crisis shelters and services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors
East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Provides crisis Intervention, hospital accompany services, self defense programs, counseling, family support services, law enforcement and court accompany services.
This resource is for Latina women and all services can be provided in Spanish
Santa Monice Rape Treatment Center
Located in the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, provides immediate support and services anonymously for those who have been sexually assault or raped
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Resources and education regarding sexual violence. Provides campus trainings, help with legislation to stop sexual assault and resources/referrals to crisis and treatment centers
Provides support services for males who have survived sexual abuse including therapy, support groups and access to resources and referrals for the survivor and their family.
California Victim of Crimes
Learn how to receive apply and receive compensation if you are the victim of a documented sexual assault, rape, and other qualifying crimes. With VOC benefits, counseling, hospitalizations, medical costs and other services related to the crime may be paid for or reimbursed.
Toll-free: (800) 777-9229
Here are different directories for therapists, support groups and psychiatrists. You can search for the provide or service you need by zip code, specialty, gender and insurance to get the most convenient fit for you.
America Disabilities Act / ADA National Network
The ADA National Network consists of 10 regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center. The ADA Centers are located throughout the country to provide local assistance and provide implementation of the ADA.
Pacific ADA Center
(510) 285-5600 (V/TTY)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
The ACLU is a non-profit organization that provides legal aid to people whose cases fall under its mission. The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees: Your First Amendment rights— freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state. Your right to equal protection under the law — equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin. Your right to due process — fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake. Your right to privacy — freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD)
Hotline: (323) 875-5223
GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media. Its stated mission, in part, is to “[amplify] the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively.
Los Angeles Office:
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Now with five neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics and four Self-Help Legal Access Centers, LAFLA serves communities as diverse as East Los Angeles, the Westside, South Los Angeles, Koreatown and Long Beach. LAFLA is the first place thousands of poor people turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health and livelihood.
Ron Olson Justice Center
1550 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
(800) 399-4529 for legal help