When your work environment becomes unbearable and you face discrimination or harassment, you have every right to file a complaint. What you are dealing with is, under federal and California state law, considered a hostile work environment - but what exactly does this mean? How does your work environment classify as hostile?
We have all seen what happens when celebrities' intimate photographs are leaked to the public by vindictive exes and malicious parties. Yet such instances can happen to private individuals as well, with persons in power over them using possession of intimate or explicit images to coerce specific behavior out of them. This can even happen in the workplace; there are a number of ways employers can obtain intimate or embarrassing photographs of employees, including employees who may have more personal relationships with employers. If you are in such a situation, what are your options?
One factor that keeps so many victims silent in the instance of workplace sexual harassment is the fear they will not be believed. Many harassers do not commit their offenses in easily captured media such as emails or text messages, instead engaging in sexual harassment in private places with no witnesses. This results in "he said, she said" situations where the burden of proof may be on the victim, making you extremely reluctant to come forward out of fear of being dismissed or even punished. So how can you prove you were harassed when you are your only witness?
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.