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Helping you take action against harassment in the workplace

The workplace is often viewed at as an environment a worker feels comfortable being in and relatively enjoys working in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Mistreatment could occur in the workplace, and it could be in the form of sexual harassment. While one would typically associate this type of harassment to be experienced by a female and perpetrated by a male; it is important to note that females could sexually harass males just as males could other males and females other females.

What is quid pro quo harassment?

Sexual harassment in any form has no place in California workplaces. When employees are subjected to demeaning, inappropriate, and dangerous harassment by their superiors and co-workers, they may have actionable claims against their employers. Any suspected case of sexual harassment should be discussed with an employment law attorney, and readers of this blog are reminded that this post offers no legal advice.

New California workplace laws go into effect January 1

Workplace discrimination and harassment claims are on the rise, and California lawmakers are making every effort to put an end to these behaviors and make sure that all workers are treated equally. A few essential California workplace laws will go into effect on January 1, 2020, in an effort to curb the mistreatment of employees.

What constitutes as workplace harassment in California?

Being harassed can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. A behavior that may be too much for one person to handle, may be insignificant to another person. That's why we have laws in place to give us a better understanding of the legal definition of harassment in the workplace.

Hotel worker's suit sparks change in practice

A Southern California dishwasher's lawsuit, which got her named a "Person of the Year" by Time magazine in 2017, has also led to some important changes in the hotel industry, which is a staple of the economy in the Los Angeles area and the rest of Southern California.

Unwelcome sexual touching is unlawful

It may be tempting for many people to continue to think of certain types of sexual touching, like grabbing a person's hand or forcing a hug, as just harmless flirtation. However, employees should remember that California and federal law could actually treat this sort of behavior as sexual harassment.

You don't have to face workplace harassment alone

Many people think of sexual harassment perpetrators as male and victims as female, and indeed, this is a common pattern. But, both men and women face harassment at work, and transgender and transsexual individuals often face both harassment and other obstacles to their careers. In response to this ongoing crisis, the California State Legislature has taken action to curtail harassment in the workplace.

What steps can be taken in response to sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, which has been outlawed both by federal civil rights laws and by California's Fair Employment and Housing Act. In previous posts, we've discussed what sexual harassment is. In this post, we will describe the steps people can take if they have been the victims of sexual harassment.

New laws against workplace harassment take effect in California

Whenever January 1 rolls around, it means not just a new year but new laws in California and other jurisdictions. This year, in response to the #MeToo movement, some new laws have come into effect on the topic of harassment. This blog post will discuss some of these new laws here in California.

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