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Sexual Harassment Archives

What exactly is a hostile work environment?

Although the concept can apply to any type of discrimination, the phrase hostile work environment is often used in reference to claims of sexual harassment. To review, there are two basic types of illegal sexual harassment. One is called quid pro quo, in which an employee is expected to do something of a sexual or romantic nature to get a professional advantage, like a raise or a promotion.

Weinstein effect creates spike in harassment claims

According to statistics that were summarized by a major source of entertainment media, the outing and subsequent legal troubles of the major movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has led to a spike in the number of sexual harassment claims regulatory authorities in California have received of late.

Quid pro quo harassment can damage an employee's career

Individuals who work in California are protected from harassment and discrimination when they are performing the duties of their jobs. The laws that apply to many employers ensure that workers are not treated badly by their employers due to the workers' races, genders, religious beliefs and other protected classes. Workers are also protected from sexual harassment when they are at work through the application of several important laws.

California restraint owner charged with sexual harassment

We all have expectations for what it will be like working at our place of employment. Maybe we fall short when it comes to day-to-day work tasks, but one expectation that should always exist is being treated properly in the workplace. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. An employee might feel mistreated or harassed. Even more so, an employee may find that these acts are sexual in nature, leading to a sexual harassment suit.

Sexual harassment claims emerge from Salk Institute

A respected California science institute is under fire again for the behavior of one of its top scientists. The Salk Institute, based out of La Jolla, was recently featured in the news when eight female employees spoke out to the journal Science to say that they had experienced sexual harassment from a renowned biologist over several years. The scientists denies the allegations and the Salk Institute has launched an investigation. 

California lawmaker faces lawsuit amidst sexual harassment claims

Another lawmaker has been accused of inappropriate behavior by a former employee. The assemblyman is being sued by his former chief of staff for wrongful termination because, says the former chief, he reported that the assemblyman was harassing his staff. The sexual harassment claims continue to fly in California, and the accused lawmaker says that the man he fired was guilty of exactly the behaviors he reported. 

Sexual harassment an issue for women in medicine, too

The field of medicine is hierarchical, and the jobs with higher status and power typically belong to men. This particular recipe tends to indicate higher levels of sexual harassment for women in any field, recent studies indicate. Women in California in the medical field may be affected by sexual harassment and sometimes face injustice when reporting incidents of inappropriate behavior at work. Luckily, laws are in place to support women who stand up to mistreatment. 

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