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Exposure to pornography at work is sexual harassment

When most people think of sexual harassment at the workplace, they imagine a situation in which they are the victim of unwanted sexual advances (either physical or verbal) or bribed/blackmailed in a sexual way. While these examples certainly qualify as sexual harassment, and they are arguably the most common types of sexual harassment in the workplace, they are far from the only types. For example, simply being exposed to pornography against your will can qualify as well.

California lawsuit alleges workplace discrimination

Those who do not follow the video game industry may not be aware that the industry is oftentimes a veritable bullseye for legal scrutiny. Most of the time, this legal action comes in the form of allegations that violent videogames promote violent behavior in youths, or in sexual harassment claims following allegations of a sexist subculture. However, a recent California lawsuit has put at least one video game company under scrutiny for how it allegedly treats its employees.

Your rights regarding whistleblowing

Some employers feel that they can do whatever they want in an at-will state like California since the threat of termination is always present. But just because employers can fire their workers at any time, they cannot fire their workers for an illegal reason. One such illegal reason that many employees may be concerned about is whistleblowing. Federal and state laws offer protection to employees for being fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.

Take advantage of your rights as a disabled employee

Just because someone has a disability does not mean that they cannot be productive, contributing members of society. There was a time that this was the prevalent opinion on disabled individuals, but that is no longer the case. Changes to state and federal law have made great effort to ensure that disabled individuals are not prevented from doing the jobs they love and contributing to society simply because of a disability.