Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Against LA Prompt Calls For Prevention Training

sexual-harassmentIn the wake of two lawsuits filed against the city, two Los Angeles officials are pushing for all city employees to take sexual harassment training courses.City Council President Herb Wesson and City Councilwoman Nury Martinez introduced a proposal Thursday that would require mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. Currently, just managers take the course. Additionally, the course would have to be taught by an individual, not simply taken online.

The council members also want employees to take a workforce violence training program and are seeking to bolster the city’s Ethic Commission training course.

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L.A. pays $1.5 million in racial harassment case

iStock_000034990684MediumThe Los Angeles City Council signed off this week on a $1.5-million payment to a black police officer who said he repeatedly experienced racial harassment and a hostile work environment while working for the Police Department.

Earl Wright, an LAPD officer since 1989, sued the city two years ago, saying he was repeatedly humiliated by co-workers who carried out racial pranks and made derogatory remarks.

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California Governor Signs Bill To Help Protect Female Farmworkers from Sex Abuse

sb 1087A new Senate Bill was passed this week that focuses specifically on sexual harassment prevention in the farm worker community. Senator Bill Monning sponsored Senate Bill 1087, which will now require sexual harassment training for farm supervisors, employees and labor contractors. In addition, the bill will deny licenses to farm labor contractors that have been found to have committed sexual harassment within the past 3 years. According to Senator Monning, the need for the bill stems from frequent sexual harassment and sexual assault, including rape, which occurs within the farm worker population.

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Jealousy leads to Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Workplace conflicts arise for numerous reasons, which can be hard to predict. In many cases, disruptions on the job are due to one-sided campaigns of intimidation, carried out against innocent victims. From amorous advances to discriminatory behavior, on the job harassment is a widespread issue facing employers of all sizes.

Workplace jealousy and envy are the root causes in some cases, prompting employees to act-out in inappropriate ways toward associates by which they feel threatened. Unfortunately, jealous employees exact their toll on other workers, leading to various forms of workplace harassment.

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Quid Pro Quo Harassment: Eliminate Sexual Harassment Claims Through Training

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Quid pro quo translates to “something for something.” Quid pro quo harassment occurs when an authority figure offers to give the employee something such as a raise or promotion in return for a sexual favor. The automotive specialty-equipment industry has historically been dominated by men. With minimal exceptions, women were relegated to the background or given roles as trophy show girls, photo models and product presenters.

As attitudes changed, however, women gained equal status in virtually every sector of the commercial auto manufacturing endeavor.

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EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit On Behalf Of Fitness Club Employee

iStock_000021441734_FullA Fitness company has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The agency claimed that a Latina janitorial worker who worked at two Allstar Fitness clubs in Seattle was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her immediate supervisor. The EEOC also said that the supervisor forced her to have sex with him on a regular basis and warned her to keep quiet about it.

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California Junior College Faces Sexual Harassment Claims

A California junior college has faced three sexual harassment cases by employees. Although in two of the cases a jury found mostly in favor of the school, in at least one of the three cases the college settled with the victim.

In October, the college faced the first of the three sexual harassment allegations. The charges came from a former female dean of the school. She claimed that she suffered sexual harassment and discrimination at the hands of her co-workers. She argued that her hostile work environment created by her co-workers was a result of gender discrimination. The jury ruled mostly in the favor of the school in that case.

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Sexual Harassment Is Not A Woman’s “Issue” Anymore According to EEOC

EEOC When many people think of sexual harassment in the workplace they immediately assume it is a woman being harassed by a man.  Recently it has come to light that many men are also being harassed in the workplace by other men.  While the vast majority of cases are women being harassed by men, it has become increasingly common for there to be cases filed with women harassing men, and men harassing men.

In this article from Howard Law PC , there is a detailed discussion of recent cases of male to male sexual harassment.  Here are some excerpts from the article:

“In a recent blog, our Souuthern California Labor and Employment Attorneys reported on the growing number of male sexual harassment charges filed with state and federal agencies across the country.  Our lawyers discussed the lawsuit involving six male employees at a Phoenix Cheesecake Factory who endured repeated and severe sexual assaults by a group of male kitchen workers.”

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Selecting Employee Training Companies – How To Pick The Right One

Two men at a work station There’s an old Latin saying, “Magis lex = minor justicia”. This translates to English as “More law = less justice.”

As employee lawsuits against employers have skyrocketed and the amount of damages awarded increases every year, we know this is, at least partly, due to so many new employment laws created by state and federal governments. In fact, employment lawsuits currently represent approximately thirty percent of civil litigation in the U.S.

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Who’s Bugging You? What You Need To Know About Workplace Electronic Eavesdropping

Man listening to two female co-workersSometimes it seems uncanny that people have knowledge of information only shared in a private conversation, or in an email or specific data recently presented in a closed meeting.  Confidentiality in the workplace is something we often take for granted.

It’s especially daunting when the private communication was with those you trust unconditionally.  You must then wonder whether your communication was bugged.

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