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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.

Congress may protect interns from sexual harassment

California workers may be surprised to learn that many of the nation's unpaid interns have no legal protections against workplace sexual harassment because of a federal loophole. However, Congress may finally be making moves to address the issue.

Report details sexual harassment by national park workers

Many California residents are awed by the majesty of the Grand Canyon every year, and they may be surprised to learn about a report detailing rampant sexual harassment and abuse among workers at the popular national park. The report was released by the Department of the Interior on Jan. 12, and it follows an investigation that was prompted by a complaint filed in 2014 by several park employees concerning the treatment of female workers over a 15-year period.

Employee recourse in sexual harassment cases

Although California workplace sexual harassment victims may feel powerless to stop the behavior from taking place, there are many options at their disposal. In some cases, informal workplace changes may solve the problem. However, if changes fail to put a stop to the abuse, a victim may be able to file a lawsuit to hold a harasser responsible for his or her actions.

Sexual harassment can take on many different forms

There is no one type of sexual harassment in the workplace. Rather, there are many different kinds. All of which can be extremely damaging to an employee and leave him or her wondering just what can be done to make the behavior stop and hold the employer accountable.

Study of sexual harassment indicates it also affects males

A sexual harassment claim can stem from lewd comments, sexual innuendo, and sexually explicit materials in the workplace. While the general perception for sexual harassment in California and throughout the world centers on men harassing women, the reality is that men are also harassed. A recent study from an Australian university shows that more than one out of every 10 sexual harassment complaints is made by men.

Discrimination & harassment suits: Franchisors too protected?

For decades, the franchise system has dominated American business culture, especially fast food and certain retail establishments. For consumers, the appeal of the franchise was familiarly and predictability wherever they went. Burgers from a McDonald's anywhere in the United States taste nearly exactly the same as they do here in California.

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