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Sexual Harassment Archives

Uber board adopts firm's advice on harassment, other concerns

When an employee makes a sexual harassment complaint, management has a duty to investigate that complaint reasonably and to refrain from retaliating against the person who brought it. Uber, the ride-hailing giant, was facing a public accusation by a former employee that she experienced sexual harassment and that management failed to respond appropriately.

Factors of workplace sexual harassment

Although we would all love to work in environments free of harassment of any kind, there is still a great deal of progress to make in this area. Many of us experience sexual harassment in the workplace on a regular basis, but may not know how to proceed or may worry that the treatment may not technically qualify as harassment. If you believe that you suffer from sexual harassment in the workplace, it is always wise to consult with an empathetic, committed attorney who can examine the details of your experience for actionable violations.

Powerful pundit let go in wake of sexxual harrassment claims

Sexual harassment in the workplace has a long history in many industries. However, the last several years have seen significant gains in public support for those who report sexual harassment in the workplace, and the longstanding notion that powerful people are immune to sexual harassment charges is beginning to give way. Recently, one of the most powerful political pundits of all time was forced out of his very successful television show following a number of harassment claims against him.

Sexual harassment: the myths, Part 1

Sexual harassment is a complicated issue to unpack. It deals with an area of human behavior that most people find uncomfortable and therefore difficult to analyze and discuss. But, just because something is uncomfortable, does not mean that it does not happen every day to millions of people (women and men). Unfortunately, since society is doing a poor job of addressing sexual harassment, myths have arisen that discourage many people from coming forward. This post will go over some of those myths.

Six tips to help you prevent sexual harassment

Sexual harassment occurs every day. It isn’t as rampant as Mad Men popularized about the 50’s and 60’s, however, subtle harassment occurs every day. It is so common because sex is a difficult concept to unpack. Drawing a line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior is murky. Therefore, it is up to you, your supervisors, co-workers, and friends to identify and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. To guide you in your goal, here are six facts about sexual harassment.

Are you being sexually harassed in the workplace?

Victims of sexual harassment often feel that there is nothing they can do to protect themselves. In some cases, they might choose to stay quiet and accept what is going on. Sexual harassment in the workplace is complicated, and sometimes people allow it to happen to avoid an awkward situation, or out of the fear of losing their job. If you are facing a similar situation, you should know that there are several steps that you may take to deal with the situation.

How to handle sexual harassment at the workplace

Discrimination or harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated which is why there are federal laws present to protect employees. The employer is obligated to provide a safe and secure workplace for his or her employees, which includes preventing sexual harassment at the workplace. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or conduct on the job that creates a hostile, unpleasant, or threatening workplace environment. It can take many forms, and both men and women can fall victim to it.

Fox to pay $20 million in sexual harassment settlement

If you've been following the news lately, you've probably seen the shakeup at Fox News over allegations of sexual harassment. First, CEO Roger Ailes stepped down and now 21st Century Fox will pay out $20 million to Gretchen Carlson, a former on air anchor at the cable news outlet. Carlson came forward and claimed that she was sexually harassed at the company, particularly by Ailes. In her complaint, she accused Ailes of not renewing her contract after she refused to sleep with him and claimed that there was a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at her workplace.

What you should know about sexual harassment at work

If you believe you are being sexually harassed at work, or if you believe someone you know is, you or they may be suffering in silence because of the fear of retaliation on the part of your employer. While you may know that retaliation is illegal, there are numerous ways in which an employer may retaliate. Moreover, what if you have to go up against them in court and they have the ability to hire a formidable legal defense and you are left to face the consequences?

Vindication for those harassed and retaliated upon

Every citizen should be given certain basic rights. When those rights are not honored and a person is threatened, harassed or demoralized, something can and should be done about it. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission strives to ensure and protect these basic rights and safeguard employees from discrimination. In a case out of Madera, California, Z Foods, at one time one of the nation's largest processors of dried fruits, was held accountable. This put the agricultural industry on notice that harassment of female workers would not only not be tolerated, but it could also cost a significant amount of money.

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