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December 2017 Archives

The federal workplace and sexual harassment

For a federal employee dealing with sexual harassment in a California workplace, there are a number of guidelines to keep in mind that make reporting it somewhat different from doing so in private industry. Harassment may come from a supervisor, a coworker or someone outside the agency such as a contractor. A person does not have to be the object of the harassment to be considered the victim. A previous relationship between the person who is harassed and the person doing the harassing does not make sexual harassment acceptable. Sexual harassment is not necessarily related to gender or sexual orientation.

How to make sexual harassment policies better

Sexual harassment may be a problem for California employers because of a failure to enforce workplace policies related to that issue. In some cases, managers and employees may fail to hold themselves to the standards that they expect others to abide by. Facebook has gone public with its own sexual harassment policy as well as its policy against bullying in the workplace. While it doesn't claim to have all the answers, the company believes that it can help others create better policies.

NBC News fires Matt Lauer from 'Today" for sexual harassment

California residents who are used to waking up with the "Today Show" may be interested to learn that, on Nov. 29, long-time host Matt Lauer was suddenly fired from NBC. The firing reportedly came just hours after an unknown individual claimed that the former host had acted sexually inappropriately towards her during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.