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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many of our readers in California have probably heard of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, more commonly referred to as the EEOC. This government entity is responsible for investigating a wide range of potential abuses committed by employers in America, including sexual harassment claims. When the EEOC gets involved in your sexual harassment claim, it is important to understand how this organization defines "sexual harassment."
It can be hard to believe that sexual harassment is still an issue in workplaces throughout the country, including in California. But, unfortunately, news coverage of this important issue over the last couple of years has highlighted the fact that, yes, this is a problem that persists in American workplaces. Knowing what to do when you are the victim of sexual harassment at work can be difficult to determine.
For whatever reason, many people probably imagine that sexual harassment in the workplace is more likely to occur in an office environment than in other contexts. But, according to a recent report, sexual harassment may be quite a problem in places where many of us interact with others on a weekly basis: fast food restaurants.
Many of our readers in California have no doubt been following all of the news stories that have come out over the past year or so regarding sexual harassment in the workplace in America. California, in particular, as the home of Hollywood and thousands of celebrities, has been at the center of the developments in the so-called #MeToo movement to expose and end sexual harassment. Now, the movement may be getting some formidable legal back-up.