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California Tackles Investor Relationships And Sexual Harassment

California is without a doubt the tech capital of the United States, and tech startups usually rely on investors to get off the ground. Unfortunately, there is a history of sexual harassment against women in the tech industry, sometimes involving cases in which investors were accused of harassing women in order to receive financial backing. Because California law does not specifically address the investor/entrepreneur relationship, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced SB 224 to clarify the issue.

Understanding Third-Party Sexual Harassment

While many people are aware that they are protected against sexual harassment by coworkers, supervisors and employers, many may not realize that they also have rights when it comes to third-party sexual harassment. As with other cases, third parties are not free to touch, make explicit suggestions or engage in any other behavior that is considered harassment under the law. This is true whether the harassment takes place in the workplace or when you are representing your employer as part of your duties off-premises. Third parties might include customers, vendors, repair persons and others, and under California and federal law your employer must take steps to deal with sexual harassment committed by these parties.

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