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How speaking up against sexual harassment can make a difference

You finally get a gig you like. There is just one problem. The supervisor keeps commenting on your appearance. This makes you feel uncomfortable.

You feel it is not professional but you do not want to make a big deal about it. Then it happens again. You have no idea what to do. You think to yourself, “is this the status quo?”

What to do when you’re sexually harassed on the job

So you've been on the job for a couple months. You exchange numbers with one of your managers to talk about a shift you need changed. He seems nice enough. While you’re both working he keeps sending you explicit sexual jokes that make you feel uncomfortable. You ask him to stop, but he tells you to lighten up and keeps sending them to you. Your feeling of safety vanishes.

What can you do? You need this job and you’ve worked hard for it, but it’ll only hurt you mentally and emotionally if this harassment keeps up. Here are some steps to take:

Food service harassment par for the course?

Working in food service can be stressful. Not only is it a busy environment, where speed matters and customers are going to be rude no matter what you do, there is also the pressure of working for tips.

Customers are unpredictable. You never know what you’re going to do that will impact the tip they decide to give at the end of the meal.

Ten Women File Suit Against McDonald's For Sexual Harassment

Ten women who work in various McDonald's franchises in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and six other cities have filed sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The women work for franchises, not corporate-run stores. Fight for $15, a union-backed group, wants McDonald's to be designated as a joint employer. As it stands now, if a franchise violates employment laws, only the franchise is liable for any rewards won in court or through settlement negotiations.

Goodwill Pays $850,000 In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement

There is a terrible irony when people with disabilities are sexually harassed while working for a famous non-profit whose mission includes helping people with disabilities gain dignity through work.

The organization in this case is Goodwill Industries of the East Bay Area, along with a subsidiary, Calidad Industries, that provides training and employment to people who have significant disabilities. Six women with developmental disabilities, who worked as janitors at night in a federal building in Oakland, California, claim they were routinely sexually harassed by their immediate supervisor. Two managers who were disciplined for supporting the women also shared in the settlement.

Bill May Make It Easier To Speak Up Against Sexual Harassment

Employers regularly make employees sign arbitration agreements to cover a number of contingencies including the right to sue an employer under any circumstance. Those circumstances can include discrimination, hostile work environment, and yes, sexual harassment. Bad behavior by anyone in the organization and hierarchy can get swept under the rug simply because the employee signed an arbitration clause when getting hired. And it's a good bet that employee wasn't aware of the impact of arbitration on their ability to file a lawsuit and get their case heard in court.

Now the state of California is looking to eliminate arbitration clauses as a condition of employment.

Names Of Judges In Sexual Harassment Settlements Must Be Revealed

When public officials use taxpayers' money to settle sexual harassment claims, does the public have the right to know? That question has been on the national stage recently, as previously secret sexual harassment settlements involving members of Congress have been revealed.

Now the question about whether the public has the right to know has come to the California judiciary, and the answer is a strong "yes." The Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, is calling for a rule change to make it clear that the public has the right to know when taxpayer funds have been used to settle claims of sexual harassment or discrimination made against California judges and court staff.

Google faces accusations of harassment and discrimination

The national conversation on sexual harassment seems as if may never end. It seems as if new allegations of harassment or gender-based discrimination pop up every day. Sexual harassment claims have rocked companies of every size, in seemingly every industry.

One of the largest and best-known companies in the world, Google, is facing a scandal of its own. Recently, several employees filed a class-action lawsuit against the Silicon Valley company alleging that it systematically underpays its female workers. A second class-action lawsuit claims that the company has a male-dominated culture that perpetuates sexual harassment against its female engineers.

Tips for curbing sexual harassment in the restaurant industry

Sexual harassment has become a hot-button issue in many fields, and the restaurant industry is no exception. Employees—male and female alike—are speaking out about their experiences and drawing attention to the pervasive problem of workplace harassment.

As a result, many restaurants are contemplating how to prevent sexual harassment among their staff, customers and management. Every workplace should be a welcoming environment for employees of all stripes. These a few tips to help prevent, address and curb sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.

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