A workplace that was supposed to be a training ground for new and disabled workers was the target of a recent lawsuit. Eight workers won a settlement against a California Goodwill franchise and its affiliate after claiming sexual harassment. The workers said that they were repeatedly harassed by their direct supervisor.
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.
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.
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.
Problems for employees exists at all levels of employment, from the lowest ranks of minimum wage workers to the highest ranks of elite lawmakers. One such problem of employment is sexual harassment. Recently, the California state legislature released records of several sexual harassment cases that have occurred at the Capitol dating back more than a decade.
Women across many industries face problems in the workplace, but low-wage work does not have the glamour and press appeal of other professions, such as law and acting. In California, women experience sexual harassment in great numbers in the accommodation and restaurant industries, and it can be hard for these women to find solutions. However, solutions do exist for low-wage workers.
A recent spat of misconduct allegations in the news has focused attention on the behavior of men in the workplace. Although sexual harassment is not limited to men harassing women, it is statistically more common. In a recent news report, three psychologists explain why men harass women in the workplace, which California readers may find enlightening.
Recent revelations of criminal sexual behavior in the entertainment industry have sparked a wave of testimony from women of all walks of life. Recently, 140 women of California politics have penned a letter stating that they are taking a stand against sexual harassment in government. A news story released by NPR gives more details.
Legislation has come a long way in protecting vulnerable classes of employees from abuse and mistreatment. If an employee finds herself being harassed by another employee or supervisor within her company, she can take the issue to HR and to court if need be, since sexual harassment is prohibited in the workplace. The relationship between investors and startup founders isn't as clear when it comes to harassment, however, and this gray area has led to the development of a new California bill.
One pastor's antics has caused an uproar with one co-worker, an associate youth pastor, who has filed a claim. The woman alleges inappropriate behavior coming from the pastor and claims that the church did not do enough to stop it. This California congregation is learning about sexual harassment policies the hard way. More details are given in a recent news story.