California employees may be interested to learn that an anti-gay workplace discrimination case in Pennsylvania was allowed to proceed on the basis that it violated Title VII's protections. However, the district court judge also noted that the case had an interesting juxtaposition with racial discrimination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment to include verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, requests for sexual favors and unwelcome sexual advances. Incidents of such behavior in California and around the country, though, may be underreported. According to a national survey conducted by Cosmopolitan magazine, 71 percent of women who said they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace also said they did not report it.