California workers have certain rights when it comes to the workplace. These rights help to make sure that workers are not subject to discriminatory treatment while at work. They also help to protect people against other illegal or unwanted behavior. In particular, when it comes to sexual harassment, California employment laws prevent employers from allowing a hostile work environment.
Recently, this blog highlighted the story of a California executive who was fired for allegedly sexually harassing employees. In that case, the former chief executive officer of American Apparel was accused of having inappropriate relationships with several employees, and the company thought it was best to end its relationship with the man, who was the company's founder.
Since most California employees are at-will employees, they have limited rights in the workplace. This means that they have to put up with a variety of behaviors from their employers. While these behaviors may be annoying, rude or frustrating to deal with, employees often have no legal recourse to stop them. However, if the behavior crosses the line and creates a hostile work environment then employees may have legal rights.
A lawsuit has recently been filed against a senior director at the California Internet giant Yahoo. In the suit, a former employee of the company alleges both sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Both women involved in the suit started working for Yahoo after it acquired a third-party app. The women worked in the engineering department.
In California, most employees are at-will employees. This status limits the amount of protections that an employee is entitled to in the workplace. However, federal and state law has set some rules when it comes to acceptable treatment of employees. Employers do not have free reign to treat employees however they like.
The United States' legislature is responsible for creating the laws of the nation. However, in many regards, the legislature is just like any other employer. Employees of the legislature have the right to be free from discrimination, wrongful termination and from sexual harassment.
A group of female firefighters from Region 5 -- in California -- of the U.S. Forest Service are preparing to sue the federal government. The group claims that they have been subject to sexual harassment and other sexual abuse while on the job. The group claims that it has complained about the problem with the government before but no action was taken.
There is no room for sexual harassment in California workplaces. When employers allow employees to suffer from sexual harassment, no one wins. Often unwanted sexual comments, jokes, drawings or actions can create a hostile work environment that makes it difficult for employees to return to.
California workers should never have to go to work and face a hostile work environment created by someone's inappropriate sexual comments, jokes or harassing behavior. Even if the behavior does not cross the line to sexual assault, workers still have employment law protections against unwanted sexual advances and other sexual harassment.
Sometimes people have a natural attraction and start a relationship. While workplace romances can be complicated, when the feeling is mutual then people can enjoy them. However, when one person is forcing their sexual feelings and desires onto another person, the situation can quickly become tense. A hostile work environment is likely to occur and the person on the receiving end of the attention can become quite uncomfortable.