Your California workplace should be safe and free from hostility, but unfortunately, that may not always be the case. If you have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct, you may need help in order to correct the situation and to prevent it from reoccurring. We here at the Kaufman Law Firm understand the damaging effects that workplace harassment can have, and we want to stand with the victims to put a stop to the mistreatment.
When employees in California like you are faced with sexual harassment in the workplace, you may feel at a loss of what to do next. Filing a complaint can be a little trickier than you think, so it's best to go into the situation with as much advanced preparation as you can manage.
It seems like idyllic San Diego is becoming more and more known for the sexual harassment proclivities of its public officials, than its legendary beaches or laid-back atmosphere. The former mayor, Bob Filner, famously departed office under a scandalous cloud of sexual harassment and impropriety. It appears, however, that the City of San Diego still has a few more scandals up its sleeve.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee heard testimony last week regarding rampant sexual harassment, abuse, intimidation, and misconduct throughout the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS is the federal authority that manages the nation's federal parks like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.
UC Berkeley's chancellor resigned last week amid constant criticism from school faculty regarding his handling of several high-profile sexual harassment allegations and a mismanaged budget. Over the past year or so, UC Berkeley has contended with three sexual harassment allegations against three high-powered faculty members. Specifically, faculty members were angered by his allegedly weak responses to the allegations.
The workplace is one of the most frequent locations in which sexual harassment occurs. Other than your home, it is the place that you spend the majority of your time. You are entitled to feel safe at your job. Unfortunately, sexual harassment remains a contentious issue. To curb future sexual harassment, California requires all employers to train employees on sexual harassment, its causes, prevention and proper procedures should it occur.
Sexual harassment is not limited to the stereotypical positions, although it happens there as well, it happens in every job to everyone. As a recent news story illustrates, it can even happen to news anchors at prominent television networks. According to reports, Gretchen Carlson, a Fox news host, who was a regular on Fox and Friends and had her own show, the Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the Chairman of Fox News.
Sexual harassment is a complicated problem to tackle. Sexual interactions and tension among people is hard to quantify and address. There are many fine lines that shift depending upon the people involved and the situation at hand. California has attempted to address this problem with the Fair Employment and Housing Act. The FEHA is enforced by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. This article will explore how California defines sexual harassment and your employer's liability.
Anti-discrimination, pay equity, disability rights, and many more laws have been passed with the goal of ensuring that the workplace is an accessible and safe environment for everyone who wants to work, regardless of their circumstances. In keeping with this new tradition, most people can easily identify blatant acts of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, instances of sexual harassment still occur. And worse, sometimes there is an attempt on behalf of the employer to make the victim pay the price for simply trying to maintain his or her rights.
Sexual harassment is one of the most insidious forms of workplace discrimination. It runs the gamut from the sleazy boss' quid pro quo to the naive IT guy's joke. It happens to both men and women. It costs money and squashes creativity. Everyone agrees it is bad, but many cannot agree on what it is.