Sexual harassment has no excuse in the workplace, and the last year brought new attention to the inappropriate practice that exist in many businesses, organizations and government entities in California. The fields of high-tech development, venture capital and even the State Assembly in Sacramento have all had to face allegations of misbehavior regarding some managers and officials.
California has been at the forefront of fighting sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination for the better part of a century. The broad and strong economy in the Golden State has required a modern and progressive approach to labor relations, driving concerns about inclusion.
Employees should always feel safe in the workplace and not be subjected to aggressive behavior or unwelcome propositions. While many industries are finally investigating cultures of objectification and sexual harassment, the nonprofit world is also facing allegations along these lines.
Many factors have led to the success and growth of California's economy. One of the greatest contributors is the attractive environment for workers of all types in a diversified economy that has a place for everyone.
A new year begins and the thoughts of many Californians drift to what has happened in the last one. Employees' rights attorneys and social researchers point to one of the key trends of 2017: increased attention to sexual harassment and other types of insidious discrimination in the workplace.
The last year has seen an increase in attention to sexual harassment in society as many industries and protected groups are finally addressing decades-old traditions of women being treated poorly with inappropriate behavior. Stories of sexual misconduct have rocked high-tech innovation, venture capitalism and even the state government in Sacramento.
The stability and prosperity of California over the last few decades has been fueled by a workforce that increases in number and diversity with every passing year. This expansion, however, has brought increased caution to avoid discrimination or harassment in the workplace that would harm individuals and society at large.
Sexual harassment may be getting more attention in the national media of the United States recently, but it is far from a recent problem. Women and other populations have been facing pressure, discriminatory practices and physical abuse in workplaces and public spaces for decades and beyond.
Sexual harassment is more than a social problem between people when it enters the workplace. Inappropriate comments and behavior can begin a painful cycle that can destroy careers and corrode workplace morale far beyond the initial incident.
Sexual harassment has returned to the forefront of public conversation with the unfolding scandal around decades of systematic harassment of women in Hollywood. This matter has grown larger than the entertainment industry, as the increased focus is putting the spotlight on businesses unfriendly to women and other protected groups.