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Sexual harassment and discrimination spark LGBT police lawsuit

All California workers have the right to do their jobs free of sexual harassment, discrimination and mistreatment based on race, gender, sexual orientation and more. When they are subjected to this behavior, they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing. While many of these incidents are perceived to happen in private industries, it can occur in other circumstances as well. One surprising job where it happens is in law enforcement. Just like anyone else, these workers have the right to file a lawsuit and seek justice.

Many LGBT officers who were confronted with discrimination have filed a lawsuit because they were discriminated against due to their sexual orientation. One Californian claims he was threatened, mocked and dealt with discriminatory comments. He says that his complaints were ignored and nothing was done. This man is one of many who say they have dealt with this discrimination in law enforcement jobs across the U.S. Some say they were abused and taunted. There were hostile work environments and their chances to advance were hindered. Since 2016, at least 11 such filings were made across the nation. While the mistreatment is believed to have gone on for years, only recently have these officers been emboldened to file cases.

Hotel housekeeper files sexual harassment claim

Certain jobs in California might put workers in uncomfortable situations through no fault of their own. Working in hotels is one such job. When guests are at a hotel, the workers are required to clean up and perform other duties that might result in confusion, mixed signals and other problematic circumstances. If a guest behaves inappropriately, it is up to the employer to ensure that its workers are safe and free from sexual harassment, assault and other behaviors. Unfortunately, some employers do not adhere to this requirement and their workers are put in danger.

A housekeeper for a hotel chain has filed a lawsuit against her employer saying she was harassed by drunk men and the employer did not protect her. The woman, 51, began working for the company in 2000. She performed several jobs including cashier and hostess until 2012 when she received a breast cancer diagnosis. After a leave of absence for treatment, she went back to work. Since she had lost her hair, she says that the employer did not want her to work as a front person. Later, she was transferred to housekeeping.

Why quick action is necessary after a major wildfire

If the last couple of years are anything to go by, California is a very vulnerable state when it comes to wildfires. They can arise at nearly any point of the year and destroy decades worth of possessions and assets within a few hours. 2018’s catastrophic fires have made records when it comes to the amount of destruction and insurance claims.

Some families are lucky enough to have enough insurance precautions in place to minimize the amount of damages while others may try to file a lawsuit against a potential company responsible for the destruction to get back even a fraction of what they lost. Losing so much of your property can be overwhelming and leave you with many options, but you cannot dawdle for too long. You may end up losing more in recovery damages if you do not act quickly enough.

Sexual harassment and other claims lead to charges against judge

Californians who are dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace will likely be unsure of what to do about it. This is true even in the current climate where victims are taken more seriously in their allegations. When the person who is allegedly harassing others is not just a boss or a superior, but someone in a position of legitimate power in the state, the concern about speaking up will exist regardless of the encouragement from public and private entities to do so. Despite the fear, having legal advice is the first step toward putting a stop to the sexual harassment and being compensated for it.

A judge on the California Court of Appeals has been charged with numerous counts of inappropriate behavior including sexual harassment. The charges were issued by the Commission on Judicial Performance. There will be a hearing to assess the evidence against the judge. If the charges are deemed credible, it is possible that he will be removed from the bench. The charges say that the judge behaved inappropriately with a fellow judge by committing unwanted touching. He commented about her breasts and proceeded to touch one. From 2010 to 2018, he continued these acts including hugs, patting her backside and touching her breasts.

2019 brings new sexual harassment laws to California

The growing trend of people speaking out about being subjected to sexual harassment in California has sparked significant changes to how people are protected from these behaviors. Public outrage has been an effective motivator for that advancement with new laws being implemented and, with the start of the new year, going into effect. Understanding these laws can be useful to people who believe they have been harassed and would like to seek compensation for what occurred.

Harassment is addressed with a new law as it not only impacts sexual harassment, but other forms of harassment as well. Documents were frequently required for workers to retain a job or get a bonus or raise. These workers were prevented from filing a lawsuit if they were discriminated against or faced sexual harassment. This and the outlawing of a non-disparagement agreement for workers who were mistreated are viewed as beneficial to workers and improving their treatment.

What Californians should know about houses prone to wildfire

California house hunters have an additional factor to worry about in their search. The process is no longer just about the proximity to work, the view or the mortgage rate. Now you have to worry about if your house is going to make it to next year.

While California's laws may change within the next couple of years to reflect on the recent destruction, there are already some regulations in place when it comes to those living in houses close to highly flammable areas. Current and future residents should be aware of what the state currently has for those thinking of moving to these potentially dangerous locations.

Electric utility company blamed for the Woolsey Fire

2018 has not been a kind year for many Californians. During the latter half of the year, many residents have lost their homes in some of the most destructive wildfires in the state's history. There have been millions of acres burned, billions of dollars in property damages and over 100 lives lost from these disasters.

Several state leaders and politicians have been trying to determine the causes of these wildfires to aid the victims that lost their homes and loved ones and preventing so many from happening ever again. Recent reports suggest that officials may have found a cause for at least one of these fires and legal action is being taken against the source. Residents should pay close attention to cases such as these to know what to do in case their home is destroyed by a liable source.

Female employee claims volunteer committed sexual harassment

In the current national situation in which people who are facing sexual harassment are more willing to tell their story and seek justice, the basics of a California sexual harassment claim can be forgotten. For example, there might be a perception that the only people who can commit sexual harassment are those in a position of power over a subordinate or lower-level colleague. That is not the case. People who are on equal footing in the workplace, serve as contractors, are customers and volunteers can commit sexual harassment. For people who have been subjected to this treatment, a legal filing is a strategy to receive compensation.

An employee at a university medical center has filed a case asserting that the employer did not protect her when a volunteer committed several harassing acts and stalked her for longer than a year. The woman says that the man was a fundraising volunteer at the workplace. He began harassing her in 2017 and kissed her without her permission as she tried to push him away. She said that she was concerned about her safety when she told him she was not interested and the employer did nothing to help her. He followed her and stared at her.

Gaming company under scrutiny for gender discrimination

The #MeToo movement has resulted in multiple industries coming under the public spotlight for poor working conditions. Video game development companies have not been immune from such criticism. Over the last year, stories have leaked about developers shutting down and not giving their workers severance pay or having some employees spend an obscene amount of time perfecting the details of a game far beyond what the standard work hours should be.

Out of all of them, few have been able to match this year’s allegations against Riot Games, a video game developer in Los Angeles best known for their highly popular online multiplayer game, League of Legends. Despite the massive success of the game and having over 2,500 workers under their employment, the company has recently come under fire for their poor treatment of their female employees.

Amusement park worker alleges sexual harassment by chef

Despite the growing attention on people who allege they have been sexually harassed in California and across the nation, the behavior continues to a disturbing degree. While people who claim to have been subjected to sexual harassment are having their voices heard with greater seriousness, the treatment happens all too often. When there is a person at work who is behaving inappropriately, those who are victimized must remember their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing. Understanding what constitutes sexual harassment and discussing the case with an attorney is vital.

A woman who worked in a Southern California amusement park says that an executive chef at her workplace sexually harassed her. According to her, the man touched and grabbed her while he was speaking to her in a freezer. She said she walked away. The treatment began in July, and it happened on approximately 30 occasions. He also asked her inappropriate questions about her possibly having tattoos on her body that were hidden. She told human resources hat was occurring and spoke to a separate supervisor.

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