Californians who have been sexually harassed on the job and believe they might have a strong legal case against their employer are often encouraged to come forward to seek justice. In many cases, they have the right to pursue a claim and be compensated. However, for some, there are contractual issues that prevent them from filing a claim regardless of the behavior they were subjected to. Forced arbitration was often used in contracts to stop workers from filing a lawsuit for sexual harassment, wage theft, discrimination and more. Now, workers dealing with these violations cannot be stopped from filing a lawsuit due to forced arbitration.
Sexual harassment can occur in any kind of employment in California and across the U.S. As the increase of people willing to speak out about how they were harassed on the job has shown, these behaviors span working classes. There are, however, people who are more vulnerable to this level of mistreatment. Those in the hotel industry are especially at risk for being subjected to sexual harassment. While complaining about it might yield results, the case often hinges on evidence.
The entertainment industry is largely located in Southern California and, with that, there are commonly allegations that those in a position of power commit sexual harassment on underlings and aspiring performers. It is not limited to performers, however. Staff members, crew and others can be harassed. Those who are crewmembers for an entertainment program often find themselves subjected to these behaviors. With the growing movement to put a stop to it and garner compensation in lawsuits, it is important for victims to understand their rights.
The "me too" movement has gone nationwide, but California is one of the states in which it had its start. The entertainment industry was rife with sexual harassment and a few people speaking out on the topic began what could be compared to an avalanche of outrage and steps to provide greater protection and outlets to victims. While there has been a reduction in the number of complaints about sexual harassment, it is obvious that the problem has not and will presumably never go away completely. Statistics seek to assess the continuing issue and a recent study indicates that African-American women are being harassed with greater frequency.
Sexual harassment, discrimination and other illegal treatment of workers are a problem in many workplaces whether it is in the public sector or private sector of Los Angeles and throughout California. This continues to happen despite workers' growing willingness to come forward and report what they have been subjected to. Still, the issue frequently stems from a lack of oversight and problems with knowing how to go about reporting the behavior so it will stop and those who have committed it will be penalized. Understanding how to go about stopping it and seeking compensation for the mistreatment requires experienced legal help.
Despite greater attention being paid to how workers are treated in California and across the nation, there are still many allegations of workplace violations that come up. Many are related to sexual harassment, but others cross the lines into different areas from pressure to commit fraud and wrongful termination. For people who are finding it difficult to work at a workplace due to harassment, are wrongfully dismissed or are confronted with any mistreatment, there are options to file a lawsuit and be compensated.
People in the Southern California service industry are frequently confronted with abusive behaviors. This behavior often comes from employers and co-workers, but it can come from others too. Sexual harassment can take place with clients and the employer is obligated to protect its employees from being subjected to it. If the employer fails to do so or goes a step further and exacerbates the situation by retaliating against a complaining employee, it could be the basis for a legal filing for compensation. Having legal advice when considering a case is a must.
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.