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.
The gender inequity in tech has reared its ugly head again. A former employee of the San Francisco, California tech company Binary has filed suit alleging sexual harassment in the workplace. A recent news story gives the details of the lawsuit and the woman's quest for justice since experiencing ongoing harassment.
While the focus of each company is different, one thing is true across all companies, the work environment is to be free from harassment and discrimination. Sexual harassment in the California workplace is not acceptable and does not provide the right environment for employees to thrive. It's also illegal. A recent new story shares the consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace at Uber, a major transportation company, resulted in firings and restructuring of leadership within the company.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is bad enough, but when employees do not feel supported by their agency directors and supervisors, the experience becomes much worse. Recently, the director of Veterans Affairs for Northern California Health Care System has changed his tune regarding some comments he made about harassment in the workplace. Three women have made sexual harassment claims against VA supervisors, alleging that they were victims of harassment and stalking. Sexual harassment in the workplace is demeaning, demoralizing and traumatizing to employees and contributes to a toxic work environment.
Employers have a duty to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment based on gender. But what is an employee to do when it is a supervisor who is the one making the work environment a hostile one? In a recently settled lawsuit to that effect, a California woman was forced to leave her job due to sexual harassment and discrimination from her boss.