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New bill addresses harassment in California's farming industry

There have been issues for a time now with sexual harassment in California, specifically in the industry of farming. A new bill has been created to address the problem, and it is close to being signed into law. The bill is known as SB 1087.

The bill would work in conjunction with the Farm Labor Contractor Act, serving as an amendment to that act. Under it, contractors and employees in the farming industry would need to go through special training aimed at preventing sexual harassment.

Women in building trades face sexual harassment in the workplace

The role that women play in many industries has shifted massively over the years, giving them more opportunities than ever before. However, recent reports indicate that there are still a number of jobs in which women struggle both to get jobs and to keep them. For instance, the building trades are not nearly as open to women as many other jobs.

For one thing, some women have reported that they were not able to get hired in the first place, all on the grounds of their gender. Some were even told that the reason for their not being hired was that they were not male.

Petaluma receives sexual harassment claim from firefighter

The City of Petaluma might soon find itself in the middle of a court battle over the sexual harassment of a female firefighter. The woman, who was the first female firefighter in the department in over 30 years, says that she had to deal with crude comments about her body. The woman has since resigned but has retained a lawyer for her case.

When she was hired in 2008, the fire department made certain accommodations to try to make it easier for the woman to live in the all-male firehouse. Curtains were put around her bunk and locks were put on the bathroom doors. Some say that those accommodations weren't sufficient because the woman still had to hear her colleagues making comments of a sexual nature about her body while she would change in her bunk.

Types of sexual harassment in the workplace

When you think of sexual harassment in the workplace, your thoughts might automatically go toward someone who is being groped or touched. That, however, is only one form of sexual harassment that is against the law in California. According to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, sexual harassment includes a variety of forms.

Quid pro quo sexual harassment is one form of sexual harassment that doesn't get that much attention. This form of sexual harassment means that a worker is offered extra benefits if they do sexual favors for someone. It can also mean responding in a positive manner to sexual advances that come from someone who has a position of authority over you.

Are interns protected from sexual harassment in the workplace?

Many organizations use interns who are not paid for their time or their services. Often, these organizations are corporations who are allowing interns to work for them as part of their college courses; studies have shown that roughly 50 percent of college graduates have also done internships. On top of that, colleges themselves will often offer internships to their students without pay. For example, this is done at Arizona State University.

One of the potential issues with interns is that they may not have all of the same protections from discrimination, sexual harassment and the like that employees would get. The Civil Rights Act only protects actual employees who are paid, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission also only focuses on paid workers.

Woman at Yahoo facing sexual harassment case in California

One the executives at Yahoo is facing a sexual harassment case, which was recently filed in a court in California. While many of these types of cases involve male executives and bosses, this one is notable because the case, which was filed by a woman who used to work for Yahoo, is targeted at a female executive, bucking that trend.

According to the woman, the executive told her that she would have a good future with the company if she would provide sexual favors for her, including both cyber sex and physical encounters. The woman complained about the things that her boss was telling her, but she says that her complaints were not investigated properly by the department.

Tinder co-founder alleges hostile work environment

Sexual harassment in the workplace can quickly cause a hostile environment. When the sexual harassment is being directed to a co-founder of a company from another co-founder, things can go bad rather quickly. That is what is alleged in a recent lawsuit filed by the female co-founder of the dating app Tinder. This case might interest California readers who have been hearing about the unfriendly stance Silicone Valley seems to have now toward women.

The female co-founder says she was subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination over the course of 18 months. In 2012, she and her boss started a romantic relationship, according to the lawsuit she has filed. She says that she was subjected to sexually demeaning comments after the relationship went sour. She also says that she was harassed via text messages.

California nanny makes serious claims against employer

Imagine working at job in which you weren't allowed to take breaks for days at a time. Now, imagine that you have a medical condition that makes it difficult to keep to a schedule like that. Those are the claims that a 64-year-old woman is making against a California couple for whom she was employed.

The woman has been nicknamed the "nightmare nanny" by the media because she is refusing to leave the home of the family. She asserts that she was being exploited by the couple because she was forced to watch the couple's three children for days on end without taking breaks.

Why sexual harassment still happens in California and elsewhere

Many people find it hard to believe that sexual harassment in the workplace is still an issue in modern society. They look at shows like "Mad Men," a show set decades in the past, and see that harassment is a common theme, but what is really frightening is how many headlines from today's world seem so similar.

These cases happen all across the country. A man in the military was actually in charge of preventing these kinds of issues in Texas, but then they started to investigate his role in a prostitution operation. Elsewhere, the chief executive officer of American Apparel was fired by the board. They said that, among other things, he let one of his employees leak nude pictures to the Internet. The pictures were of a woman who had recently set up a lawsuit to sue the man.

Wrongful termination claim filed by California woman

A worker for the Crestline Sanitation District has filed a lawsuit that claims she was wrongfully terminated from her position. The woman was hired by the district in October of 2012. She was promoted to a position on July 1 of the following year that had a six-month probationary period.

She alleges that she was let go because of a deposit that never made it to the bank. She says that a few weeks after she was promoted, she gave the general manager a bank deposit of $215.70. When she reconciled the books at the end of the month, the deposit wasn't there.

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