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Do Non-Disparagement Agreements Encourage Sexual Harassment?

Are non-disparagement agreements helping protect abusers from facing punishment for sexually harassing their co-workers? It’s a question that was raised in a CNBC report last month involving a sexual harassment lawsuit against AngelList, a business that assists tech companies with hiring employees and raising capital. The incident that led to the sexual harassment suit took place during an office retreat. As part of the retreat, there were women in bikinis mingling with employees by the pool. The women in bikinis were not employees. One of AngelList’s founders and board members reportedly made inappropriate comments about the women in bikinis during the event. His comments made a female contractor attending the retreat uncomfortable, leading to the lawsuit. After the lawsuit was settled, both sides signed a non-disparagement agreement. What’s a Non-Disparagement Agreement? Per Business Dictionary, a non-disparagement agreement (also known as a non-disparagement clause) is generally included as part of a…
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What Can My Employer Do to Protect Me from Sexual Harassment?

Recently, The Mercury News reported on a sexual harassment lawsuit involving Shell Oil and a former employee. The ex-Shell employee claims the oil giant did not do enough to prevent her from suffering workplace harassment and discrimination. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the former Shell employee alleges she was the target of sex discrimination and sexual harassment while working for the oil company. Examples of the treatment the woman claims she received includes having a supervisor tell her that females do not last long in his department and finding a sticker left on her desk with this statement written on it: “If your (vagina) hurts, just stay home.” The woman also claims in her suit that the harassment and discrimination continued even after she reported it to Shell’s human resources department. The ex-Shell employee is suing for…
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What Is the Transgender Work Opportunity Act?

According to a Huffington Post article, only 35 percent of transgender individuals in the US are employed full time. A proposed law in California, SB 396, also known as the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, seeks to help more people in the LGBT community find full-time employment and avoid having their rights violated during the hiring process or on the job. How Does the Transgender Work Opportunity Act Help Fight Discrimination? The Transgender Work Opportunity Act would provide the following protections for members of the LGBT community: SB 396 would require every employer in California to have the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s poster on transgender civil rights prominently displayed. Under the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, if an employer in California has 50 or more employees, they would be required to train their supervisors on signs of and how to stop on-the-job harassment involving gender expression, gender identity or sexual…
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