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Reduced hours after making a harassment complaint may be unlawful

While any type of harassment in the workplace is unlawful, unfortunately it does continue to happen in workplaces in the state of California. Harassment is defined as any type of behavior that creates what is known as a "hostile environment" in the workplace. A hostile environment means that you as the harassment victim feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to attend work and to be in the workplace, and you may have difficulty concentrating on the work at hand because of the harassing behavior.

Retaliation after sexual harassment

When you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is likely that the experience completely changed the way you feel about the workplace you are in. After making an internal complaint about the sexual harassment you experienced, you probably thought that your company would be there for you and do everything they could to remedy the situation. However, many victims of sexual harassment actually suffer retaliation after they made their complaints.

The aftermath of sexual harassment

One of the most difficult times for a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace is the weeks and months after the incidents or the patterns of behavior took place. It has been reported that 75 percent of sexual harassment victims face some time of retaliation, either from making a complaint about the behavior, or turning down the coworker's or manager's sexual advances.

What to do if your coworker is making you feel uncomfortable

Most people have an idea of what sexual harassment is in our heads, and it is usually quite an extreme vision. It might be rape, forceful touching or blackmail. Although these things do constitute sexual harassment, many people do not realize that acts like this are only the tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of people throughout the country that have suffered sexual harassment that do not realize that legally, they can do something about it.

Am I overreacting to sexual gestures in the office?

There are situations in life that can be uncomfortable and awkward. This could mean meeting an ex in the supermarket and feeling awkward when he or she asks you on another date, or it could mean telling a friend that you want to stop hanging out with him or her.

Sexual material in the workplace could be harassment

Many people are confused as to where the line is drawn when it comes to sexual harassment. The most common and recognized form of sexual harassment is when a person in a position of power within the workplace asks another employee of a lower position to perform a sexual favor in return for a work-related reward. This might be a promotion or a pay rise in return for sexual activity of some sort. This is always completely prohibited in the workplace.

The different types of workplace harassment

Being harassed or sexually harassed at work should never be tolerated, and the legal system has many protections in place for victims of harassment at work. If you are suffering at work because of another employee's behavior toward you, then you should take some time to understand how the law defines sexual harassment at work so that you can apply it to your specific situation.

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