California residents may have heard about the HBO film 'Confirmation." The film features the story of Anita Hill, a federal employee who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 and alleged that she had been the victim of workplace sexual harassment by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Though Thomas denied Hill's allegations and ended up being appointed to the Supreme Court, the testimony drew a lot of national attention to the issue of workplace sexual harassment.
Employers are often held responsible for ensuring that employees are able to work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment. In addition to the fact that managers are not to harass employees, if a worker complains that a co-worker is the perpetrator, it is up to the organization to ensure that the problem is taken care of. Failing to address reports of harassment may lead to legal issues for a business.