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Sexual harassment spotlight now falls on tech start-up industry

An adverse glare has fallen on Silicon Valley and its heavy concentration of high-tech companies in recent months, with victims alleging on-the-job sexual harassment coming forward in increasing fashion to point fingers at huge-name mainstays like Tesla, Microsoft, Google and Sun Microsystems.

And the people pointing those fingers are former female employees who served as everything from engineers to managers in high-rung positions.

Huge sexual harassment claim: not the p.r. a national jeweler wants

Reportedly, top-rung executives of a jewelry manufacturing and retail empire are flatly stressed regarding a massive arbitration case that their company has now been embroiled in for years.

The case, which is a huge sexual harassment class-action filing with a stunning 69,000 class members, is threatening the prospects and future profits of Signet Jewelers in a major way.

Sexual harassment draft agreement continues to be discussed

Today is Valentine's Day, but it's not all about chocolate and roses for many people in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

In fact, the focus today is -- as it has continued to be for several months now -- squarely on troubling reports of sexual harassment in district schools and the formal game plan that will eventually unfold to provide strategies for better protecting young people against frightening and hurtful behavior.

Sexual harassment claim alleges egregious conduct, retaliation

There is certainly no shortage of descriptions entailing flatly unethical and unlawful workplace behavior in a federal lawsuit filed recently in a California court.

The case involves Goodwill Industries as a defendant, which some readers might find ironic, given that the behavior allegedly inflicted by a supervisor on several female janitorial employees over a protracted period was manifestly not doled out in good will.

Sexual harassment in the fitness industry


The fitness industry is unique in many ways. Personal trainers, fitness instructors, and other employees are often required to make personal contact with clients. There may be discussions about body shapes and anatomy. For comfort and practicality, form-fitting workout clothing is often worn.

Considerations regarding harassment-related emotional distress

Any person suffering from the sexually harassing conduct of a co-employee, manager or other individual at the workplace is obviously emotionally affected in a materially adverse way. Such treatment is often degrading and truly frightening. And, of course, it can pose a starkly dangerous challenge for a victim.

We duly note that in an article on our website at the California law firm of Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP, where, from multiple offices across the state, we provide aggressive, impassioned and proven legal advocacy on behalf of sexual harassment victims.

More allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News

In the midst of the scandal-ridden 2016 election season, one media company was facing its own scandals. Readers may remember that in July 2016, Roger Ailes was forced out of his position as chairman of Fox News over sexual harassment allegations made by former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson. After those allegations were made public, other women admitted (publicly or anonymously) that they, too, had been sexually harassed by Ailes.

It now seems as though the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News was not just limited to Roger Ailes. The New York Times recently reported leaked documents about a confidential lawsuit (and settlement) alleging sexual harassment by Fox's top on-air personality, Bill O'Reilly.

Male victims of sexual harassment


When people imagine a "typical" sexual harassment situation in a workplace, it usually involves a male harassing a female.

What doesn't usually come to mind is a situation in which a female is the harasser - or a situation in which a male harasses another male. It is important to remember that sexual harassment can be initiated by a man or a woman. In any case it is wrong, and should not be tolerated in the workplace.

How a proven attorney brings value in a sexual harassment case

In reference to the above-cited headline in today's blog post, we note that an experienced attorney representing a sexual harassment victim in litigation provides value in many obvious ways, most centrally by crafting strategies that best protect a client and maximally promote his or her interests.

In a civil matter, it is often the amount of money that proven counsel can obtain for a plaintiff that best serves as the barometer of success, given that it is a dollar-based remedy that the law largely provides for in such matters.

Restaurant industry: singular for its high sexual harassment rate

Although it is both sad and unquestionable that sexual harassment occurs in every industry operative across California and the United States, it is notable that one particular work sphere looms especially large when it comes to this problematic and unlawful behavior.

Namely, that is the restaurant industry. As we note on a page of our website discussing sexual harassment inflicted upon waitresses and servers in the restaurant field, a government estimate posits that fully one-third (actually, a bit more) of all sexual harassment claims emanate from that work realm.

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