Could a New Law Stop Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley?
How Would This Proposed Law Help Stop Sexual Harassment?
Under the law that Senator Jackson introduced, a current California Law, Unruh Civil Right Act, would be amended to forbid sexual harassment between investors and entrepreneurs. While the current law is believed to bar harassment and discrimination based on multiple categories, like sex, ethnicity and gender, the Unruh Civil Rights Act includes certain business relationships as being protected from sexual harassment.
Senator Jackson wants to add that relationship between startup founders and investors to the list of those that specifically prohibit sexual harassment. She thinks making the law clearer regarding sexual harassment between entrepreneurs and investors will help provide clarity to victims and give them the confidence to step forward and hold their harassers accountable.
As Los Angeles employment attorney Brian Kesluk explains in the video below, it is possible to file a sexual harassment lawsuit and keep your job.