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Sexual Harassment Archives

Sexual harassment rates drop over two-decade period

Sexual harassment on the job in California and across the United States has garnered significant attention alongside the rise of the #MeToo movement. However, statistics also show that over the past 20 years, sexual harassment complaints in the United States have fallen significantly. In 1997, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 16,000 sexual harassment complaints. Two decades later, that number fell to 9,600, amounting to a decrease of over 40 percent.

Steve Wynn accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Californians have likely seen numerous reports of sexual harassment and misconduct by celebrities in news reports. Now, Steve Wynn, the casino mogul, has been accused of committing multiple acts of sexual harassment and assault.

How to handle harassment at a bar

California residents and others who work as bartenders may have to deal with poor behavior from customers on a regular basis. When it comes to incidents of nonfatal work violence, they have the third-highest rate behind law enforcement and security personnel. Some may simply choose to deal with the behavior in the hope that they don't lose their tips. Employees may also feel like they have to put up with the behavior because they haven't been trained on how to deal with it.

Famed chef Mario Batali accused of sexual harassment

Individuals in California working in the hospitality industry are likely interested in the sexual misconduct and harassment accusations that have caused celebrity chef Mario Batali to step away from his business empire. His businesses include famous restaurants and a television show on ABC.

Lawmakers show bipartisan support for sexual harassment bill

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the political aisle have voiced support for legislation introduced by a California Democrat that would introduce mandatory sexual harassment training for lawmakers and their staffs. During a Nov. 14 House hearing, Representative Jackie Speier pointed to a recent spate of sexual harassment allegations, which have been leveled against both Republicans and Democrats, as evidence that action is necessary.

Understanding employment law regarding sexual harassment

When a California employee has a harassment complaint, human resources is supposed to talk to the accuser, the accused and any witnesses to the harassing behavior. Once that initial step has taken place, employees are supposed to be made aware of an investigation's findings. However, not all employers do this. In some cases, HR may try to claim that a complaint was never made or that an interview with a victim ever took place.

Ways co-workers can reduce sexual harassment and support victims

With surveys revealing that 25 percent of women and a smaller percentage of men endure sexual harassment at work, many people will likely witness the behavior while on the job in California. Over 70 percent of victims do not report their mistreatment because they fear retaliation. Co-workers typically stay silent as well, but their willingness to speak up could discourage an abusive workplace culture.

Workplace harassment and discrimination reported at Google

One of California's most iconic tech firms is feeling the heat after a former employee distributed an internal memo that read like a manifesto for gender discrimination. Search engine giant Google moved quickly to terminate the employment of the software engineer responsible for the memo, which claimed that women are biologically unsuited to jobs in the tech world. However, recent reports suggest that this employee may only be the tip of the workplace discrimination iceberg.

Female-on-female harassment does happen in the workplace

When California employees think about sexual harassment in the workplace, they probably think about inappropriate conduct involving a man and a woman. Even though it's not as prevalent as the male-on-female variety, female-on-female sexual harassment can and does occur.

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