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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.

New bill would require sexual harassment training for all employees

As sexual harassment continues to be a part of our national conversation, the obvious next step seems to be determining how we stop sexual harassment before it happens. One California lawmaker thinks the solution is to mandate employee training.

Senate Bill 1343, introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in partnership with California Controller Betty Yee, would require companies with five or more employees to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all workers by 2020, and then once every two years. 

Harassment stews throughout the restaurant industry

The advent of the #MeToo movement has shown that the employees’ culture of the restaurant industry is inundated with sexual harassment. The latest high-profile chef to be exposed is California Bay Area restauranteur Charlie Hallowell. In December of 2017, 17 women accused Hallowell of demeaning them in the workplace through sexual harassment, lewd advances and explicit language.

Accusations and Protests

Sexual harassment at Dallas Mavs went all the way to the top

The sports entertainment industry is a hotbed for sexual harassment. It’s a male-dominated field serving a male-dominated fan base. The most visible women in the field are cheerleaders and sideline reporters, hard-working but highly objectified.

And when upper management turns a blind eye – or when the execs are the worst offenders – the whole organization can be a toxic gauntlet for female employees. An in-depth expose by Sports Illustrated alleges rampant sexual harassment in the Dallas Mavericks organization, starting with egregious misconduct by the longtime former CEO.

Can you be sexually harassed by emojis?

You had to give your boss your phone number, he needs it, right? After exchanging a few messages about scheduling, he sends you an eggplant emoji, a tongue and a smiley face. You know what those characters are implying even though it is not directly stated. Reading that message makes you feel instantly uncomfortable. Did you just get sexually harassed?

Defining the indefinable

Action against sexual harassment in Orange County

Sexual harassment is finally getting the attention it deserves. But is action being taken to fight it?

The answer is yes, more and more, and one recent case here in Orange County is a good example. It not only shows how women are being taken more seriously, but demonstrates how claims of sexual harassment are properly investigated and handled. That it ended with termination of the harasser shows that things are finally changing and action is being taken.

New laws to smash sexual harassment

As tough as they are, laws alone are never enough to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. Women have to stand up and take their own action, a process which can be long and painful.

The California legislature is considering several laws right now which would make it easier for victims of sexual harassment to reclaim their lives and put a stop to the practice. Some will also make the process more open and public, taking sexual harassment out of the shadows for good. It’s all part of the #MeToo movement creating a new era in California and around the world.

A new phone app that will let you report sexual harassment

A new app that is in the early stages of testing will allow victims of sexual harassment to report workplace abuse from any location or industry across the nation. The “We Said Enough” campaign is working to fund the app that is said to arrive in Android and Apple stores in late February.

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