If you've had the demoralizing experience at work of being sexually harassed by a co-worker or superior, the damage is already done. You may have already left the job and are working in a more respectful environment. Alternatively, you could still be dealing with this abuse. Whatever your situation, as a victim of sexual harassment, you could be weighing your options and asking the all-important question: Is it worth it to pursue a lawsuit?
It's clear that sexual harassment continues to be a rampant problem throughout California workplaces. It's also clear that sexual harassment prevention training doesn't serve to eradicate this unconscionable behavior since most large organizations have developed educational programs yet the problem persists. However, there's one anti-sexual harassment tool could radically improve the situation: climate surveys.
When you are an employee in the working environment, you have the legal right to a workplace that is not hostile. This means that you should be able to feel free to concentrate on your work without feeling threatened, embarrassed or uncomfortable.
Being demoted can in some ways be more emotionally straining than a firing. This is because, at the end of the day, you will likely have to continue to interact and work with the people who demoted you. This can be upsetting and demoralizing, especially if you believe that you were wrongfully demoted.
If you believe that you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, it is very important that you acknowledge and address it before it has the power to negatively impact your career. Unfortunately, many sexual harassment victims in the state of California face retaliation as a result of reporting a sexual harassment incident. It is, therefore, vital that you understand the ways in which the law is in place to help you and protect you.
Banter and joking around can be a healthy form of interaction in the workplace. It is natural to want to have good relationships with our coworkers, and often we relate to people in a more familiar way when we can share a joke with them. However, there is a very fine line between a friendly joke and a lewd one that is very inappropriate.
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.
Lawmakers in California are overhauling all the rules on how sexual harassment claims against employees in the capital are investigated and handled in an attempt to create a culture where there's zero tolerance for such acts.
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.
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.