Many positives have come out of the "#MeToo" movement. One of the more positive outcomes has been the passing of laws requiring increased sexual harassment training in the workplace. At least six states including California have passed laws requiring employers to offer this in recent months.
Sexual harassment in the workplace takes many forms. Sometimes, co-workers make sexual jokes at your expense. Other times, they treat you like a less valuable member of the company because of your gender. Still other times, those in a position of power over you may use that power to harass you in this manner.
Over the last few years, sexual harassment on the job has gotten a lot more exposure. People have been speaking up more often. Harassers are being held accountable. It's refreshing, considering how long these things were just sort of swept under the rug.
If you have reason to believe you've been the victim of sexual harassment at your place of employment, reviewing your employee handbook is one of the first steps you should take.
In many ways, sexual bullying is just another term for sexual harassment. They may appear the same to an outsider, and they share many of the same symptoms. That said, sexual bullying is most often not about any type of physical attraction or desire for a relationship -- even a one-sided relationship -- but about intimidation.
When it comes to workplace sexual harassment, most people assume they'll never experience this. However, even if your company promotes a healthy work environment, you never know when someone will cross the line and put you in an awkward and dangerous position.
As a victim of sexual harassment at your workplace, you understand that it's your responsibility to protect your legal rights. You can't sit back and hope that your company does the right thing, as this doesn't always happen.
Any form of sexual harassment in the workplace requires your full attention. Neglecting to take action may give the harasser the wrong idea, thus exposing you to additional advances in the future.
The two female Google employees responsible for staging the 20,000-worker walkout on the company back in November distributed a letter to co-workers this past Monday. Their April 22 letter outlines how both were demoted after organizing the walk that challenged Google's handling of sexual harassment in the workplace.
A veteran police detective is suing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as well as a fellow officer. The woman, who has been with the LAPD for three decades, says the officer, with whom she was in a romantic relationship, physically and sexually assaulted her. According to the lawsuit, the relationship began in 2013 but turned abusive in 2016. On one occasion in 2017, she says he raped her in a motel room. She also accuses him of punching her in a diner.