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.
Facebook also hopes that other companies will follow its lead when it comes to publishing their policies as well. In addition, Facebook also revealed how it investigates complaints once they have been made. For a sexual harassment or any other workplace policy to work, it is typically necessary for it to be applied in a consistent and public manner.
If a person is caught violating those rules, that entire workplace should be notified of the result of that violation. Furthermore, company policies should evolve to address areas of ambiguity or to address new issues that may come up over time as this may make it easier to apply a policy. By taking these steps, it may be possible to end systemic issues that lead to a power imbalance related to gender or ethnicity.
Individuals who have been the victim of unwanted sexual advances, sexual jokes or other unwanted behavior may have grounds to take legal action. An employer may be liable for damages including compensation for back pay or reinstatement if they are terminated after making a sexual harassment claim. Attorneys may use different forms of evidence such as witness statements or copies of text messages or emails from a harasser to the victim. Written warnings or other information from a worker's personnel file may also be considered relevant in a sexual harassment case.