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Sexual Harassment Archives

Making the arbitration agreement optional

When people are hired to work for a company, they may be required to sign an arbitration agreement. What employees may not know, is that when they sign this document, they are giving up their right to initiate lawsuits involving discrimination, labor violations, sexual harassment claims and any other type of discrimination. Rather than taking these matters to court, the arbitration agreement requires workers to work out the issue out of court using mediation.

Can sexual harassment be subtle?

When you hear about sexual harassment in the news, the story may talk about overt acts committed by creepy managers and lecherous customers. While you may know that sexual harassment in the workplace is common in California, you might not recognize its different forms. Many types of sexual harassment are subtler than the headlines suggest. In fact, sexual harassment often starts in less obvious ways before increasing in intensity, or it may remain subtle, yet equally damaging.

Women are not the only victims of harassment

When people think of sexual harassment in the workplace, they often think of a man harassing a woman with either unwanted advances, explicit remarks or threats. The truth is, men are victims of harassment as well in California and across the entire country. Yet, these incidents are not heard of as often. More and more men are reporting cases of being harassed at work by other men or female coworkers or management, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The number rose from 11.6 percent of sexual harassment claims coming from men in 1997, to over 16 percent in 2011. In all actuality, this number is thought to be much higher, as many men do not report these incidents because they are embarrassed.

Why sexual harassment is so prevalent in restaurants

If you count yourself among the many people across California who currently make a living working in a restaurant or other food service establishment, you may understand all too well just how common sexual harassment can be in such an environment. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we understand just how much unwanted advances in the workplace can affect you and your ability to earn a living, and we have helped many victims of workplace sexual harassment seek appropriate recourse.

Why is there suddenly a lot of sexual harassment claims?

The news has been filled with announcements of sexual harassment claims against many well-known names in California and in entertainment and politics. Some people have commented on how it seems to be a trend. The truth is that sexual harassment or abuse claims often happen in waves like this. 

What is the #MeToo movement?

The California news has been filled with stories about well-known people being accused of sexual harassment and assault. While it was one high-profile case that started it all, there was another movement that brought every person into the fight against such actions. You may have seen the hashtag MeToo on social media. The #MeToo movement, according to The Atlantic, was started by actress Alyssa Milano to help bring awareness to the number of women who have experienced sexual assault or harassment.

The ongoing definition of sexual harassment relationships

Reports of sexual harassment in California are currently filling the state and national news outlets. While these news items tend to concern unwanted sexual advances or offensive sexual comments in the workplace, the scope of sexual harassment code in the state is not strictly limited to events occurring in an office.

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