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Retaliation after filing a complaint about harassment isn't legal

We have often discussed how employees should never have to deal with sexual harassment. All forms of sexual harassment at work are illegal. Despite that fact, some employees still deal with the harassment just because they don't feel comfortable reporting it. Some employees think they will be retaliated against for making complaints about harassment. What those employees might not realize is that there are protections for whistleblowers on both the federal and state levels of the law.

We don't want you to have to deal with harassment, and we don't want you to worry about retaliation. If you need to file a complaint about sexual harassment or if you have been retaliated against because you filed a complaint, let us help you. We can work with you to find out what happened and to help you learn your options for proceeding.

What are the new sexual harassment laws for farm workers?

Sexual harassment has historically been a problem for people who work in the agricultural industry in California. In a move that will help to keep agricultural workers protected, farm labor contractors will be required to comply with some new changes that have recently gone into effect. All of our readers who have any part in the agricultural industry should know about these changes.

What are the new regulatory changes?

Does retaliation have to be done on purpose?

We have discussed retaliation and how it affects employees in the United States. Those posts might have some of our California readers with some questions about retaliation. In a nutshell, retaliation means trying to get back at a worker for making a complaint about something, such as sexual harassment.

Does an action have to be done on purpose to qualify as retaliation?

Retaliatory actions aren't ever acceptable; know your rights!

Many of our readers have often read stories about employees who were retaliated against after making complaints about sexual harassment. Those many posts might have some of our California readers wondering what constitutes retaliation. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are several actions by an employer that constitute retaliation.

It is important to note that retaliation might be the result of several actions, including making complaints about sexual harassment. It can be because of a complaint about discrimination, opposing discriminatory actions or taking part in a proceeding regarding discrimination. It doesn't matter what the discrimination is based on. It can be discrimination because of gender, color, race, age, national origin or disability.

Sexual harassment in the workplace plagues science fields

When you think of medical professions and scientists, you probably don't think of fields in which sexual harassment might be running rampant. Sadly, people in those fields do have to deal with sexual harassment at an alarming rate. The instance of sexual harassment is especially high among trainees.

Some female trainees say they have very few methods to handle sexual harassment. Some feel as though they are being targeted to be harassed. The sexual harassment isn't always in the form of sexual advances. In some cases, the sexual harassment was in the form of jokes and remarks. In some cases, there were physical contacts reported.

Don't deal with a hostile work environment: Take action

Sexual harassment in the workplace can make things unbearable. Trying to avoid the harasser and trying to deal with the stress can make work a very stressful place. It is important that no employees think they simply have to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace. The federal government and the State of California both have very strict laws pertaining to sexual harassment.

Gone are the days in which male supervisors harassing female subordinates was the only recognized form of sexual harassment. Now, there are more subtle forms of sexual harassment that are recognized. Inappropriate comments, touching and other similar actions can be classified as sexual harassment.

Former Zillow employee files sexual harassment suit

Sexual harassment in companies is often swept under the rug, and even if an employee reports the harassment, appropriate action may not be taken. When employees believe they are the victims of harassment that is creating a hostile work environment, they may have legal recourse against the employer and be able to file a lawsuit. A former employee of the real estate Zillow has done just that.

According to reports, the woman worked for Zillow as a sales associate and has claimed in the suit that the company culture was similar to that of an "adult frat house." The lawsuit claims that while the woman was working at the California office, women were given sexually indicative nicknames by a male co-worker and that the same coworker sent her sexually explicit messages and a picture of his genitals.

Wrongful termination guidelines in California are complex

When employees get a job, they expect to get paid. They don't expect to be fired for illegal reasons. When an employee is terminated for no good reason, that employee will likely suffer from financial difficulties because of the loss of income. That financial difficulty along with the stigma of being fired can be difficult to overcome.

Employees who don't think they were terminated for a legal reason might be interested in learning about wrongful termination laws in California. These guidelines help keep employees from being fired for things like whistleblowing or filing complaints about sexual harassment.

All forms of harassment can lead to a hostile work environment

In our blog post last week, we discussed a politician who is being accused of sexual harassment. If you recall, the latest accusation doesn't involve the politician physically touching anyone. Instead, the politician was accused of grabbing his own genitals in the restroom as another person was standing in front of the urinal. That might have some of our California readers wondering what constitutes harassment in the state.

Who can be a victim of harassment?

California politician accused of sexual harassment, again

We have often discussed how sexual harassment isn't acceptable for any workplace. Political campaign offices aren't a suitable place for sexual harassment. A recent news story about a Republican candidate out of San Diego shows that sexual harassment comes in many forms. Some of those forms don't involve the harasser touching the victim in any way.

A Navy veteran who was working on the politician's campaign is the one who is making the accusations against the politician. The veteran claims the politician was hovering over him while he was at the urinal. The veteran says the politician was "grasping his genitals" with his pants up and his zipper undone. The veteran says he walked out without saying anything to the politician.

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