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Your job place should not include sexual harassment

When you go to work and carry out your daily duties in California or elsewhere, you have a right to expect a safe and reasonably peaceful working environment. All jobs include a certain amount of stress, which can escalate or decrease by the day, according to circumstances. However, you should never have to worry about another person mistreating you at work, especially if the mistreatment is sexual harassment.

If you are sitting at your desk at work and a co-worker or manager walks by and tells a dirty joke, is it sexual harassment? The answer is "It depends." Unwanted visual, verbal or physical conduct may be considered harassment in certain circumstances.

The ramifications of age-related workplace discrimination

Missing out on opportunities for career advancement due to unwarranted and unjust perceptions about one's capabilities can be a devastating and harrowing experience. Unfortunately, those who encounter such treatment based on their age may be no stranger to the ramifications of workplace discrimination. While there are rules and regulations in place to protect a person in California against such behavior, proving the presence of discrimination might not always be such an easy task.

Although studies indicate that incidents of age discrimination can have a detrimental impact on everyone involved, such incidents continue to be all too common. In addition to disrupting career opportunities, research shows that age discrimination could also cause a person to develop a variety of health-related consequences. Studies also indicate that such unjust behavior can also affect employment pools and limit opportunities for economical growth.

Former manager files wrongful termination suit against district

Employees generally believe that their employers will treat them with fairness. If that doesn't happen, employment law safeguards may support them. A California worker who believes that he or she was fired as a means of retaliation or punishment may have grounds to file a wrongful termination claim against the former employer. This is what one former general manager for a water district says happened to him after he tried to speak out about the unfair treatment of his female co-workers.

According to the civil claim the former manager filed, the board of directors for the water district allegedly fired the manager because he complained that the chief financial officer was harassing the two female office workers. The suit says that the women complained both verbally and in writing about the CFO's conduct. The CFO is also accused of working to have employees he didn't like fired, including both of the managers who served before and after the plaintiff.

Steps to take when subjected to workplace discrimination

Experiencing unfair and unjust treatment at work can be a stressful experience that could affect a person's life in various ways. Those who are subjected to such treatment may wish to take every possible measure to protect their legal rights, but they might not always be certain how to achieve this goal. Individuals in California who encounter similar challenges could benefit from seeking advice on the next steps to take after being subjected to workplace discrimination.

Experts indicate that one of the first steps to take to address such issues is to begin keeping thorough documentation of the situation. This step could involve taking detailed notes of incidents involving unjust treatment and printing or saving emails and screen shots that exhibit such behavior. While a person may feel that the next logical step is to take this information directly to the human resources department, this might not always be the best option.

Discrimination may also cause serious health effects

When women in California face discrimination on the job, the financial impact may be immediately visible. Women may not be hired for jobs, they may face termination more quickly, or they may lose out on promotions for which they were qualified. This can quickly add up to thousands of dollars lost due to gender discrimination. However, there are other serious effects that can accompany workplace discrimination. Many victims' mental and even physical health may suffer, especially if they deal with stress due to retaliation or complaints that are not taken seriously by their employers.

The health effects of workplace discrimination also may affect people differently depending on their wealth and social position. According to various studies, around 10% of American women reported experiencing or witnessing gender discrimination on the job. However, while 13% of women with masters' or doctoral degrees reported mistreatment or sexual harassment, only 7% of women with less than a high school diploma reported the same. There may be a number of reasons for the disparity. Women with less formal education may be more likely to be employed in primarily female, caregiving-type positions, while women with higher education may be more likely to work in male-dominated industries.

Glassdoor releases data regarding discrimination at work

According to Glassdoor, there has been a 30% increase in job listings related to diversity and inclusion since 2018. However, companies in California and throughout the country still have issues when it comes to treating their workers properly. A Glassdoor survey found that 60% of respondents had either been victims of workplace harassment or saw others victimized on the job. This is in spite of the fact that roughly 75% of companies that took part in the survey said that they had a diverse workforce.

Research has shown that workers of all ages, genders and sexual orientations can be victims of harassment. Men were more likely to report that they were victims of ageism or knew those who were discriminated against for being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Overall, 45% of the respondents said that they had experienced ageism at work or knew others who had been treated differently because of their age.

California deploys system to track sexual harassment complaints

A new system has been put into place that has been designed to make it easier for state employees in California to report sexual harassment in the workplace. Complaints filed using the system, which has been in development for almost two years, will be investigated by the agency involved and overseen by the California Department of Human Resources. Officials hope that the system will identify agencies or departments that are struggling with workplace discrimination or harassment so that corrective measures can be taken.

CalHR says that the information gathered by the reporting system will be shared with the public, but the agency makes clear that the names of the workers who submit complaints will be kept confidential. The state used to have a similar system in place, but it fell victim to budget cuts and a bureaucratic overhaul in 2012.

Sexual harassment more common among women in leadership roles

When many people hear about workplace sexual harassment, they tend to think of a powerful man mistreating a women who works for him. However, a study has found that even women in powerful positions can be victims of sexual harassment on the job. In fact, women in positions of power in California and around the country may be even more likely to be victims of harassment. This is because managers interact with a larger number of people, which provides additional opportunities to be mistreated.

The study from the Swedish Institute for Social Research gathered data from workers in Sweden, the United States, and Japan. Researchers asked respondents to say whether they had experienced a variety of behaviors that could be considered sexual harassment. They were also asked whether they believed that they had been victims of sexual harassment at work. Past research has indicated that people are less likely to report abuse at work if the question is phrased in a subjective manner.

Appeals court finds evidence of wage discrimination

Employers in California can get into legal trouble if they are paying a female employee less than a male employee who performs the same type of work. That's because unequal pay for equal work is considered gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Recently, a federal appeals court concluded that there are other paths to sue for pay discrimination besides unequal pay for equal work.

In the case of Lenzi v. Systemax, Inc., et al., a woman who worked as a vice president executive claimed that she was paid less than male vice president executives at the same company. The case was originally dismissed, however, because the plaintiff could not show evidence that her duties were similar enough to the duties of the higher-paid male executives.

EEOC wins $4.4 million from Uber for sexual harassment victims

Uber Technologies Inc. has been in the eye of the storm over sexual harassment at technology companies in California. After investigating complaints that began arising in 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it fined Uber $4.4 million. Investigators determined that the company had allowed a workplace culture that inflicted sexual harassment on female employees and retaliated against workers who complained.

The company has agreed to pay the fine and observe other conditions of the settlement. Uber plans to look for employees who have been accused by co-workers of sexual harassment multiple times. Managers who fail to respond to complaints could also be subject to discipline. The money collected by the EEOC's fine will be divided among people who worked at the company after Jan. 1, 2014, and were the targets of sexual harassment or retaliation.

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