Category Archives: Harassment

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

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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How Can I Spot Immigrant Harassment at My Workplace?

Under federal law, it is illegal to discriminate against any employee, regardless of his or her immigration status. The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, disallows discrimination based on citizenship status. There are many employment terms related to immigrant status of workers at any workplace, so it’s important to know how immigrants face harassment and discrimination in their workplace environment. What Are the Different Immigration Terms in Relation to Harassment? Immigrants can either be labeled as undocumented, illegal, or legal immigrants in their place of work. An undocumented worker is a foreign-born person who is not a permanent resident and is not a U.S. citizen. Undocumented immigrants usually are people whose immigration status is not yet resolved. These types of immigrants usually face a lot of racial and sexual discrimination at their job. They might find that they can’t defend themselves because of their vulnerable and fragile work position, so…
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