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Sexual harassment: You deserve better in your workplace

Sexual harassment is never okay. Whether you're suffering from harassment from a co-worker, boss or client, you have the right to report that harassment and to fight for a fair, safe work environment.

Sexual harassment comes in a variety of forms. Anything from saying negative things about people of a certain gender or gossiping about a person's personal relationships can constitute harassment. Keep in mind that for anything to be considered to be harassment, it matters most what you think. If you are not okay with what is happening, then others should not be doing it. The behavior may be harassment if it's something you find offensive or don't want to deal with during your workday.

How long does it take to get a final paycheck?

You decided to leave your job because of the way you were treated. You didn't feel like a part of the group, and you felt like the company wasn't a good fit for you.

As you were getting ready to leave on your final day, you noticed that no one had spoken to you about your wages. Would you receive them? How soon are you going to get them?

Coach claims discrimination after being fired from team

Discrimination is a problem that you can see all over the United States, but it recently drew attention when the Los Angeles Sparks were accused of sexual discrimination. According to the news, the Los Angeles Sparks' former general manager has taken steps to sue the Women's National Basketball Association team.

She claims that she was fired for complaining about the inappropriate sexual relationships involving a managing partner and the team president. Others claim she was fired for using a racial slur.

Woman speaks out after sexual harassment complaints go unanswered

It's horrible to think that anyone would put up with sexual harassment. It's even worse to think that they would report it and not be listened to.

One woman has said that she dealt with harassment nearly daily for over three years as she worked to deliver goods to Tokyo Central. There, she claims that the Tokyo Central receiving clerk regularly subjected her to sexual advances. When she refused him, she claims that he bullied her.

Reporting harassment is important: Don't be afraid to act

You want to make a complaint about a coworker who has been sexually harassing you, but you're scared. If you make a complaint, will they know that it was you who did it? Will you be retaliated against? Are you going to have to stand up for yourself or be forced to "work it out" with the coworker and human resources department?

These are all good questions, and you do deserve answers to them. As someone who is struggling with sexual harassment in the workplace, your rights have already been violated. Now, you deserve to be protected.

Your company could be spying on you online: Here's how

Here's an interesting fact that you may not have known: Employers have a right to monitor your work, even when you don't expect it. Some people call this spying, and they don't think it's fair. However, more employers are turning to techniques that allow them to track their employees' time online as well as the sites they visit so that they can identify if they are spending time doing things other than working.

According to laws in California, your employer can "spy" on you if you are using work phones or company computers. They have access to those devices because they own them. Of course, the goal isn't just to get you into trouble. It's also to protect themselves, too.

Don't ignore the discrimination that you've faced at work

Discrimination is never allowed in the workplace, and it's something that you can stand up against in yours. According to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the law protects people like yourself from illegal discrimination and harassment. This could include discrimination based on any number of factors such as your actual or perceived:

  • Gender identity
  • Medical condition
  • Genetic characteristics
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex or gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Military or veteran status
  • Age (40 or older)
  • Ancestry
  • Religion
  • Disabilities

As you can see, there are many differences that people may have that are protected under law. Here are a few examples of what shouldn't happen in a workplace.

If you see errors on your paycheck, speak up immediately

If you look at your paycheck and see a problem, do you know what to do? Many people know that they need to bring it up, but some will wait for the next check to see if the issue is fixed. If it's not, they might then remember to bring up the problem with their previous check, but sometimes people forget.

If you have a problem with your paycheck, no matter what it is, it's important to let your employer know immediately. They should be happy to look into the issue and let you know what happened. For example, if you're manually clocked in because you don't yet have a code or card to clock in yourself, your manager may need to code your hours by position. If even one number is off, your paycheck could be incorrect. Drawing attention to small errors like this helps get them corrected in a timely fashion.

Is my case a case of a wrongful termination?

It's hard to lose a job, but it's even worse when you feel that you were let go unfairly. Sometimes, it's not actually legal to terminate an employee, and you may be entitled to compensation if that's true in your case. If you're a victim of a wrongful termination, you deserve the opportunity to seek compensation for the trouble you've been put through as a result of your employer's decisions.

A wrongful termination happens when an employer fires an employee for a reason that is not allowed by law. For example, if you were hurt on the job and have to seek workers' compensation, your employer can't fire you just for filing a claim. Retaliatory firing is also illegal.

Fear of the coronavirus leads to discrimination against Asians

Discrimination can happen for many reasons. Some people discriminate because they think that one culture is dirtier than another, for example. Another might discriminate because they have been taught that one race is smarter than the other.

What some people are seeing now is that discrimination based on race is possible when there are outbreaks of illnesses. In the case of the coronavirus, it's a real problem. An article from Feb. 3 described the issues that some Asians and Asian-Americans have been having. One young woman described how simply coughing on campus got her strange looks and glances. Another woman said that her son was cornered at his school because he was half-Chinese. The students wanted to make him get tested for the coronavirus.

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