Before Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo hashtag gave way to a rising tide of sexual harassment victims coming forward with their stories, the "me too" phrase was coined in a legal case called Pantoja v. Anton. In Pantoja v. Anton, the stories of other victims of sexual harassment by the same harasser were excluded from evidence by the trial court, which found them irrelevant. Fortunately, the Court of Appeal reversed in a significant legal ruling.
As someone who fights on behalf of employees whose civil rights have been violated, it's important for me to be well versed in human resources. This way I know when a human resources professional has failed to do his or her job. I joined the largest professional human resources membership association in the United States, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), for this very purpose. (Yes, to spy on the enemy.) One area where human resource professionals need to step it up is to acknowledge when an employee has been wronged, rather than just supporting management and denying the problem.
Those on farms now have to know much more about sexual harassment in the workplace. According to a report, the first of the year marked the start of a new bill, California Senate Bill 1087, which is aimed at reducing the amount of sexual harassment in the agricultural industry.
A hostile work environment is one thing you don't need to put up with at work. You have the right to be treated equally and with respect in the workplace; your workplace should be safe, productive and secure. If you feel endangered at work, then your employer isn't holding up his end of the deal, and you may be able to make him be held liable for the damages and stress he's caused you.
Were you aware that workplace harassment doesn't only have to happen face-to-face in California? In fact, there doesn't have to be an in-person confrontation at all. The world has lots of modern technology now, so it's possible to face sexual harassment through social media, your cellphone or other devices.
Imagine having to go to work each day knowing that you were going to be harassed or abused when you show up. For some women in California, that was the way they were living. Legislators took notice, and now that will hopefully change.
Imagine that you're working a very intense job where concentration is key; what would you do if your day was being disrupted by constant sexual harassment? You could chose to head to court and to file a claim against the company you worked for. One woman has decided to leave her job as a firefighter, because she claims that she was sexually harassed by male colleagues.
Sexual harassment is a serious crime, and if you've been harassed while doing your job, you should have protection against it. If you find that your employer doesn't stop this harassment, you may be able to seek compensation and justice through other means. This news from May 22 reports that a new bill in California would impose sanction for sexually harassing farm workers.
There are many ways for a person to feel as though sexual harassment has taken place. This story out of California pushes the boundaries of sexual harassment into full on allegations of rape, however. According to the news from May 12, two women have now come forward to say that the company they worked for, ABM, told them not to report alleged rapes to the police. One of the women has sued for sexual harassment and retaliation, and she was awarded $812,000.
If you've had a case go to court and didn't win, that isn't the end of the road. You can always appeal the case, like this man did. According to the news from March 30, the man had filed a claim that alleged sexual harassment took place where he worked, but he didn't win. Now, he has in fact won, because a California appellate court reversed the other court's verdict.