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Major Biomedical Research Institute Accused of Sex Discrimination

Sex and gender discrimination have recently been in the spotlight as prominent individuals, companies and politicians have come under fire. More and more employers are being accused as well. But we might all ask, why now? How come everyone is speaking out against these individuals and companies now? Simply put, because when one person speaks up, two people speak up, and so on.

Why sexual harassment at work still happens

We may not have a definite answer as to why sexual harassment continues to occur at work, but we do know that both state and federal laws are on your side and protect employees from sexual harassment at work. Workplace sexual harassment can be defined as an unwelcome sexual advance or conduct of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with an employee's performance of his or her job duties, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

How to recognize sexual orientation based discrimination at work

Like many other forms of discrimination, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal under California and federal law. The first step to preventing discrimination at work is understanding your rights.

Sexual Harassment Claims Against Bikram Yoga Founder Bikram Choudhury

By now, a lot of people have heard about the several sexual harassment claims filed against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the hot yoga practice and owner of a global yoga empire. Bikram turned his system of yoga into an empire, with his name attached to over 700 yoga schools in over 200 countries. According to several women who accused Bikram of sexual harassment, no one dared speak up against Bikram. Sarah Baughn, one of his accusers even claimed that many people in the yoga community tried to ignore the growing criticism against Bikram, who was an icon to yogis and celebrities like George Clooney, Madonna, and Jennifer Aniston.

Why Sexual Harassment at Work Still Happens

We may not have a definite answer as to why sexual harassment continues to occur at work, but we do know that both state and federal laws are on your side and protect employees from sexual harassment at work. Workplace sexual harassment can be defined as an unwelcome sexual advance or conduct of a sexual nature which unreasonably interferes with an employee's performance of his or her job duties, creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Filing an Employment Discrimination Complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

If a California employee wishes to file a discrimination lawsuit against an employer, she/he must first file  a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) or the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and obtain what's called a "right to sue" letter. This process is also known as "administrative exhaustion". The systems are now highly automated and charges can be filed online. The EEOC permits you to mail in a letter containing the following information:

#MeToo - The Legal Doctrine

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.

Human resources professionals need to stop covering up sexual harassment

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.

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