Category Archives: Harassment

Harassment at work is unlawful, and employers are liable for harassment based on race or religion as well as sexual harassment.

Will the #GoogleWalkout Change How Tech Companies Handle Harassment Claims?

In October 2018, The New York Times broke news that angered many people in the tech industry. After resigning due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin—co-creator of the Android operating system—was paid a $90 million exit package. Though Google found the accusations to be credible, the company still paid Rubin, and he wasn’t the only misbehaving employee to receive a pay day. How Did the #GoogleWalkout Start? The Times report further outlined how several other Google executives and employees were paid to resign after accusations of misconduct. Google employees were outraged, though not surprised. Rumors of ineffective sexual harassment policies have plagued the company. However, many Google employees kept silent due to forced arbitration agreements and fear of retaliation, until now. On November 1, over 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest the company’s sexual harassment policies. Dubbed the #GoogleWalkout, the event is being hailed as…
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Changes in California Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws

Our blog two weeks ago discussed how you can spot workplace sexual harassment. However, you should also be aware that California enacted several new laws that can protect workers who are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. The following bills were recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown: SB 1343: Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Gets a Boost This bill expanded workplace sexual harassment education requirements. Under this new law, employers with five or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisors. In addition, one hour of training must be provided for regular employees. These programs must be provided by January 1, 2020. Training must be provided every two years after the first training sessions are completed. California law used to require training for employers with 50 or more employees. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is responsible for helping disseminate educational materials to employers. SB…
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Five Possible Warning Signs of Workplace Sexual Harassment

The #MeToo movement has become a national movement that has brought attention to sexual assault and sexual harassment. Instances of harassment or assault can occur just about anywhere—especially the workplace. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that it has received a 12 percent increase in sexual harassment claims since last year. If you are being victimized at work, then you could have grounds to file a claim with the EEOC. Warnings signs of workplace sexual harassment may include: Physical advances. Physical advances are an obvious and common sign of workplace sexual harassment or assault. Unwelcome touching should never be taken lightly. Verbal harassment. If you are being victimized at work, then you may be targeted by sexually explicit nicknames and slurs. This type of harassment can also occur over the phone or through voicemail. Digital harassment. You could be targeted on your social media profiles or through…
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