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Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment In California

Employees in California are protected against sexual harassment in the workplace by the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Federal law also protects people against sexual harassment in the workplace. It is important that people recognize different types of sexual harassment, as it is important to report incidents in a timely manner. Inappropriate touching and comments are the types of harassment that easily come to mind, but it is also sexual harassment for a supervisor or other authority figure at work to offer something in exchange for some type of sexual act. Examples may include a job offer, promotion, or raise in exchange for sex. If you did not receive a job, promotion, or raise because you refused to engage in the quid pro quo offer, you may have a case for sexual harassment.

Municipal employees aren't immune from sexual harassment

Almost every kid looks up to the heroes of the fire department and police, but these men are not perfect. The city of San Francisco recently settled a case of sexual harassment charges against a commander in the fire department who was demoted before resigning his position.

Workplace Sexual Harassment and Social Media

Sexual harassment via the internet is widespread and well-known. While most of the attention seems to be focused on teens and bullying, workplace sexual harassment often extends to the cyberworld as well. And in fact, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed this issue in its June 2016 report on workplace harassment. The EEOC encourages employers to include social media anti-harassment policies when establishing and drafting workplace policy guidelines.

Shielding Sexual Harrassers Will No Longer Be Tolerated

Oftentimes, victims of sexual harassment are hesitant to come forward because they fear retaliation. They also believe that the alleged perpetrator will escape punishment. While times are changing, this outlook isn't completely off-base. Recent sexual harassment news regarding Fox News and the University of California demonstrate that we still have work to do in this area.

What constitutes retaliation after a sexual harassment charge?

Many people who make a complaint to their employer worry about retaliation by that employer. However, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prohibits retaliation against employees who are asserting their rights to be in a safe workplace, free from discrimination.

Ways to overcome fear of reporting sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is a common problem in the workplace. Victims often blame themselves or have concerns about retaliation if they report the abuse. Some minority groups are even more vulnerable to harassment, which makes reporting the incident even more difficult. You can overcome the barriers to reporting sexual harassment to work in a safe place, free of gender bias and abuse. 

How sexual harassment can affect your health

One of the challenges you may face in Costa Mesa at the workplace is sexual harassment. No matter what your job title or duties are, being exposed to sexually predatory behavior can make it harder for you to perform your job comfortably. The effects of working in a hostile environment where sexual harassment is allowed to occur can create complications with your overall well-being. Learn how sexual harassment can affect your life so you know when to seek additional help.

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