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Sexual Harassment Archives

How men can help combat workplace harassment against women

According to a 2016 report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, around one-third of women experience sexual harassment at work. However, women in California and throughout the country may be hesitant to report harassment for a number of reasons including concerns about how it will affect their careers or that they will not be believed. Three-fourths of women who suffered sexual harassment did not discuss it with a union representative or supervisor. Gender discrimination is also an issue, and women report that men are often paid more and promoted more frequently.

HR departments and allegations of sexual harassment

Some California employees who have faced sexual harassment in the workplace may have also found that their company's human resources department did not protect them or investigate as effectively as it should have. According to some obervers, some HR departments are more focused on protecting high performers and top executives than responding effectively to sexual harassment complaints. HR departments may run into conflicts because of a lack of independence, and they may find themselves investigating the very people they work for.

Why companies have not stopped workplace sexual harassment

California employees may be aware that there has been an increasing number of sexual harassment scandals occurring in large companies. Some of the high-profile cases have included employers such as Fox News, Uber and Sterling Jewelers. There are several reasons why the scandals are occurring and will likely continue to occur.

Preventing gender bias in the workplace

California women often experience both gender bias and sexual harassment on the job. The problems that are faced by female employees transcend income levels as women in entry-level and executive positions face gender-based employment discrimination. A poll of female advertising industry employees found that 54 percent of women in that occupation feel vulnerable at work because of their gender.

Workplace sexual harassment and employee safeguards

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.

Why Ailes' accusers took a long time to make allegations

California residents may be aware of the resignation of Roger Ailes from his position as CEO of the Fox News Channel. After running it for two decades, Ailes stepped down amid allegations that he sexually harassed female employees for years. A few days later, a guest on a CNN show expressed surprise that Ailes' accusers took so long to talk about the sexual harassment that they had experienced.

Fox News case highlights workplace sexual harassment

California readers may have heard that television news anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment complaint against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes on July 6. The case serves as a reminder that, even in 2016, sexual harassment is still a reality for many American workers.

Anita Hill and the history of sexual harassment claims

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.

Handling sexual harassment claims in California workplaces

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.

Defining sexual harassment still difficult

While sexual harassment in California workplaces is often less overt than it was in decades past, it is still prevalent, according to professional women and worker advocates. In fact, social media media sites like Twitter have made it easier for women to openly discuss their experiences with sexual harassment, and the public dialogue is shedding light on the issue.