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Sexual harassment is not always about lewd gestures

In many instances of sexual harassment, the signs are quite clear: inappropriate gestures or discussion, unwanted physical contact and perhaps even obscene pictures or emails. Such instances may be some of the most common types of sexual harassment, but they are not the only types of sexual harassment. Some sexual harassment is not so obvious, as it does not appear that one party is being overly aggressive, or that the victim is resisting the actions.

California woman claims she was sexually harassed and fired

Employees have many rights that protect them from mistreatment in the workplace. These laws are designed to prevent discrimination or harassment and ensure that workers are not fired for reasons that are unlawful. Some of the most important protections afforded to employees, particularly those in California thanks to various state laws, are the right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace and the right to be free from retaliation for exercising their rights.

I'm being sexually harassed at work. What should I do?

The law is very clear when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace: you do not have to suffer it. Sexual harassment can mean many different things, ranging from inappropriate gestures to lewd comments to showing graphic pictures and more. Yet despite the legal consequences of sexual harassment, it is still all too common in the workplace. If you are being sexually harassed at work, remember that the law is on your side, and you should not be afraid to take action in your defense.

Sexual harassment may only be part of the problem

Both federal and state laws exist in order to protect the rights of employees, helping to ensure that workers are not bullied by their supervisors who feel that they can get away with anything. This is especially true in California, where many state laws exist to provide workers with protection against things like discrimination and harassment. While some people may look at specific issues on a case-by-case basis, the truth is that one issue is not always the only concern for employees.

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.

Sexual harassment claims are declining

When it comes to sexual harassment, nobody is immune. Sexual harassment can happen to anybody at any gender in any position of their life; sexual harassment does not discriminate based on race, gender or even sexual orientation. Fortunately for victims of sexual harassment, the law does not discriminate either, and everyone is afforded the necessary protections from sexual harassment in the workplace. It is perhaps because of these protections that fewer cases of sexual harassment appear to be happening.

What can I do if I'm being sexually harassed at work?

If you are sexually harassed at your place of work, you may feel as though you have no choice but to accept it. Especially depending on your position in the workplace and the position of your harasser, you may be worried that taking action against your harasser will only result in you being fired or reprimanded. The truth is that you do not have to tolerate sexual harassment at all. Not only are there federal laws on your side, but there are Californian laws on your side as well.

Former Google employee accuses supervisors of sexual harassment

The San Francisco Bay Area is the proud home of many of the country's largest Internet corporations, including Facebook, Twitter and of course Google. Many of these corporations, especially Google, boast incredibly positive work environments and impressive employee satisfaction. However, even the most high-profile businesses are not immune to the employee rights issues that many workers across America face. In fact, according to one former Google employee, some supervisors were engaging in sexual harassment.

You deserve safety and fairness in the workplace

In California, you have the right to a safe and secure work environment no matter what your age, gender or position in the company is. Unfortunately, some individuals feel that they are above the law when it comes to how they treat their coworkers. Managers and supervisors, for example, often feel they can make sexual advances either verbally or physically and get away with it, because they believe that the victim will be too frightened for their job to speak out. You may even be one such victim.

Your employer's sexual harassment responsibilities

We talk often about how California law protects employees from sexual harassment, but it is important to remember that not all responsibility to handle the harassment lies with the victim. While victims of sexual harassment can lodge a complaint and even file a lawsuit to be compensated for their suffering, employers also have a legal responsibility to combat sexual harassment. If an employer fails to perform any of these duties, especially if sexual harassment has been alleged by an employee, then that employer may also be liable.