California State Laws Offering Protections Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

California State Laws Offering Protections Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

Los Angeles sexual harassment law offer strong protections, but the laws lack clout if employees are not properly informed about them. Knowing the laws can help prevent sexual harassment and help victims find reparation.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination which can include unwelcome sexual conduct, sexual comments, requests for sexual favors, or inappropriate and unwelcome touching or a sexual assault. Harassment does not have to be “:sexual”. It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex or making offensive comments about women in general.

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Both victim and the harasser can be either sex, or the same sex. The harasser may be the boss,supervisors, co-workers, or other persons, clients or customer.

Types of Harassment
The courts recognize two kinds of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment.

ca state law protects ag sex harass“Quid pro quo” is Latin for “this for that.” And usually involves a supervisor conditioning employee benefits, on the acceptance of the supervisor’s harassing conduct, such as sexual advances.

In a hostile work environment case, the sexually based conduct around an employee must be unwelcome and so pervasive that it changes the work environment, even if an employee is not the actual target of the conduct. Supervisors, co-workers, even subordinates can engage in conduct that gives rise to a hostile work environment.

Filing Deadlines
A sexual harassment victim has 180 days to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and 1 year to file a charge with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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2017-12-13T21:46:46+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Sexual Harassment|