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.
Sexual harassment in the workplace can be disruptive, demeaning and embarrassing for California employees. Sexual harassment, under California employment laws, includes unwanted sexual advances, sexual propositions, gestures, jokes, sexually suggestive notes or letters, unwanted physical touch or offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors. Additionally, sexual harassment includes any threats or negative consequences for turning down sexual advances. Sexual harassment also includes any harassment based on gender, pregnancy or childbirth.
There are certain protections that every California worker expects to have in the workplace. One, in particular, is the expectation to be free from sexual harassment. Under California law, workers have the right to be free from unwanted sexual advances, jokes, comments and other sexual harassment. Workers cannot be legally fired for complaining about these types of conditions. Furthermore, employees cannot face retaliation for refusing sexual advances or reporting sexual harassment.
Victims of sexual harassment should be aware that they receive important protections under the law. An employee who worked for a restaurant owned by reality T.V. personality Lisa Vanderpump was recently awarded over $6,000 by a jury because the woman alleged she was forced to quit working at the restaurant because of sexual harassment by one of the assistant managers at the restaurant.
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.