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.
Retaliation is a huge problem in the workplace, and this is why there are many legal protections in place in order to attempt to prevent it from happening. However, unfortunately retaliation still persists in the workplace after an incident occurs.
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.
When you are demoted at work, it can be a very disheartening experience. You may feel as though your skills are being underestimated, and your confidence is likely to take a hit. But many have reason to believe that their demotion was wrongful.
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.
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.