Letting others know that sexual harassment has taken place at work can be difficult for victims in California. FindLaw explains that one of the most important steps to making the behavior stop, though, is reporting it according to the company's procedures for handling sexual harassment complaints. A company that does not have policies and procedures for dealing with sexual harassment, or does not follow them, puts the employee in a position to face continued harassment, trauma and retaliation.
Anticouni & Associates Files Lawsuit against Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. for Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment, Failure to Investigate and Failure to Prevent Sexual Harassment, Negligent Retention of an Employee, Emotional Distress, and Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy.
When discrimination or harassment happens in your workplace, it can be instinctive to go to HR or your senior managers to report the incident - especially when California is one of the most worker-friendly states in the country, and your right to workplace safety should be stringently protected. Yet suddenly you find that your complaint is brushed off, dismissed, and you begin seeing negative actions taken toward you in retaliation. You may receive a demotion, or be assigned to less than favorable projects or have lucrative clients taken from you. When this happens, it is called unlawful retaliation.
No one wants to feel uncomfortable or unsafe in the work place, and you dread the day you have to face the possibility of a coworker sexually harassing you. However, if you are involved in an untenable situation at work, you may already be dealing with sexual harassment in the form of verbal abuse or verbal assault. Under California law, does a harasser have to actually physically touch you for it to count as sexual harassment in the workplace?
Another television personality has been terminated due to allegations of sexual misconduct. This morning, NBC's Today show announced their co-anchor, Matt Lauer, was terminated late Tuesday night after a detailed account of his misbehavior was brought forward by a staff member.
People in California and all over the country are not looking the other way anymore when it comes to sexual harassment. The vast amount of actors, directors and other celebrity figures who have been accused over the last month have been staggering, and the industry is saying "enough."
Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a talking point over the recent years. However, a recent Hollywood scandal has opened peoples' eyes, and mouths, in California and around the country. The well-known movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, found himself in the spotlight amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment over multiple decades. The fact that almost 60 women have come forward so far has resulted in more women feeling comfortable telling about their experiences with sexual inappropriateness, both in the entertainment world and elsewhere.
Employers and employees in California should be aware that sexual harassment can happen in same-sex situations. No matter who is the affected victim, any words or actions of a sexual nature that leads to an uncomfortable environment constitutes harassment and needs to be addressed.
Sexual harassment takes many forms, some of which we have covered on this blog. Whether you are subjected to the presentation of lewd and offensive sexual material while trying to work or are forced to endure nasty sexual comments, unwanted physical contact, or any other illegal form of sexual harassment, you should not hesitate to speak out. Sadly, some workers who are victims of sexual harassment stay quiet because they worry about the possible ramifications of standing up for themselves. Our law firm recognizes how hard it can be for victims to come forward, but offenders must be held answerable.
When it comes to sexual harassment, victims may suffer in many different ways. Sometimes, a person subjected to sexual harassment may fear that speaking out will result in the loss of their job, while others may be traumatized from what they have been through. Anticouni & Associates is well aware of the different challenges that sexual harassment victims face in Santa Barbara, or any California city, for that matter. We understand that these incidents can also leave victims feeling humiliated and suffering from other forms of emotional pain.