We have previously written that sexual harassment does not have to be about lust, gender or sexual orientation. While the most common scenario may be men harassing women, it is more common than most people realize for women to harass men or for either gender to harass victims of the same gender.
The world certainly seems to be getting smaller, primarily due to advancements in communications technology. It is now practical for companies to foster collaboration between employees spread out across the country and the globe.
The city of San Diego currently has a political legacy tainted by widespread allegations of sexual harassment. At the center of those allegations is former mayor Bob Filner. Now, it seems that one of Filner’s former opponents is also embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal.
Earlier this month, we wrote about a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee of Tinder, the California tech start-up that launched the dating app of the same name. In that lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that in addition to being sexually harassed by her boss (with whom she had previously been romantically involved), she was also stripped of her co-founder title because she is a woman.
Since 2008, a California man has been forced to deal with on-the-job sexual harassment and its repercussions. Although the man filed a lawsuit within a year of time the unwanted treatment began, he just recently made positive progress in his case.
The military has long struggled with many stigmas. One of those stigmas is that reporting any kind of sexual harassment or assault will result in some kind of retaliation. Military men and women in California may be pleasantly surprised to know that the number of reported assaults increased by 50% in 2013.
Just as society is always changing, the law is always evolving to meet society's needs. Some areas of the law are evolving more quickly than others, and employment law can be counted among the most quickly evolving areas of the law. A recent sexual harassment case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit demonstrates this evolution in employment law.
Since childhood, most of us have been taught to never complain. When we encounter a difficult situation or personal injustice, the engrained reaction may be to suffer in silence and "just deal with it." After all, we don't want to be thought of as a tattle tale.
It has been said that “no good deed goes unpunished.” This is, of course, a humorous way of saying that choosing to do the right thing sometimes has unintended negative consequences. Sadly, when it comes to battling sexual harassment in the workplace, the statement is often apt.
The same employment laws that protect adult employees in the workforce also apply to teenage workers and student workers. When teenagers take jobs to supplement the family income or save for school, they have the same employee rights as their adult coworkers, and their parents have the right to expect that they will be treated fairly and respectfully.