Unfortunately, many workers in California suffer sexual harassment on a regular basis. It can be difficult to take the step to report harassment, especially when it is coming from a supervisor. It may help the matter somewhat if you can recognize the specific type of sexual harassment you are experiencing. According to HR Daily Advisor, there are two types of harassment, and though the effects are similar, the methods involved are significantly different.
Californian residents all deserve a welcoming and safe environment to work in. Unfortunately, not every workplace provides this. Here are some things to know about harassment at the workplace, how to identify it, and what can be done about it.
If you are a female working in California or anywhere else across the country, you likely have experienced workplace bullying. But have you ever analyzed the sources of that bullying? Specifically, have you ever broken down your own workplace bullying experiences by gender; i.e., by whether the perpetrator was a man or a woman?
California law mandates that all employers with more than five employees provide sexual harassment training to their workers. In this day and age of sexual harassment claims and bullying in the workplace, this training gives employees information regarding their rights in the workplace, as well as how to handle situations that may involve harassment. Yet, more than one California government agency failed to adhere to this law and are now under scrutiny for this oversight.
Despite intense company trainings and media accusations of workplace harassment, situations involving sexual harassment continue. In fact, a survey conducted by National Public Radio found that 81 percent of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. Surprisingly, the same study discovered that 43 percent of men have also been harassed at work. Yet, these numbers are thought to be low as men are less likely to come forward and report sexual harassment. More women, however, are coming into the forefront as harassers.
Sexual harassment can create a hostile and unwelcoming environment at your place of work. As a result, many people who experience this form of harassment are unsure of how to proceed when it presents itself. The actions you take can have a real impact on subsequent claims, which is why The Balance offers the following advice.
As a resident of California who makes your living working in a hospital, doctor’s office or similar health care or medical setting, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how common sexual harassment has become in your industry. At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we understand that doctors, nurses and other health care workers often experience unwanted sexual attention in health care settings, and we have helped many victims of such behavior pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
As more and more women enter the workforce and hold high-ranking positions within a company, more attention has been placed on the topic of sexual harassment. Women and men alike have been victimized by sexual harassment in the workplace, but with the #metoo movement in full force, California and other states in the nation are implementing new laws regarding this form of workplace bullying.
Previous posts in this blog address the possibility of an employer’s retaliation against an employee for accusing someone in the workplace of sexual harassment. Whether a person is unfairly demoted, terminated or otherwise disciplined for reporting sexual harassment, retaliation is just as unlawful as the harassment itself. A new law serves to protect California employees from one type of retaliation – defamation litigation – after accusing someone of sexual harassment.
No matter where you work in California, days probably exist – maybe many of them – when you wish you did not have to be there. Maybe the problem is a nasty boss. Maybe a cranky coworker. Maybe the lunchroom that seems to breed nothing but lewd jokes and strange little green or black spots in the microwave.