While it may be common for people to make sexual jokes or comments to their friends or family, sexual jokes, comments or images are almost never appropriate at work. Despite this fact, sometimes sexual innuendo, or sexually explicit behavior makes its way into the workplace. When this behavior is unwanted and creates a hostile work environment then it can constitute sexual harassment.
The agriculture industry is big business in California and a driving force in the state's economy. However, workers in the farm field are often subjected to dangerous working conditions for little pay. Furthermore, new studies have shown that many female farm workers are subject to unwanted sexual advances and sexual harassment from supervisors.
Sexual harassment is a major problem in the American workforce. In recent months, there have been numerous reports of sexual harassment in both private and public institutions. Despite ongoing attempts to curb such behavior, and existing employment law, women and men are often subject inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. California workers might be interested to read about a recent case involving a Bay-area venture capital firm.