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April 2017 Archives

Attitudes toward sexual harassment over the decades

Although 98 percent of businesses have policies in place against sexual harassment and more than two-thirds of companies provide training aimed at recognizing and discouraging this behavior, there is evidence that the problem has not significantly improved over the decades. In 1980, the Harvard Business Review conducted a survey about sexual harassment among its subscribers. California workers and those throughout the country may be interested in learning that the study found that two times as many men as women considered the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace to be overblown.

Discrimination based on sexual orientation ruled illegal

While California employees already enjoy protection from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, this is not the case in every state. However, on April 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit became the first full federal appeals court to conclude that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to this type of discrimination. Title VII prohibits discrimination based on gender.

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