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Ways men can help reduce sexual harassment incidents

For many men, the topic of sexual harassment at work can be difficult to navigate, especially with the spotlight being turned on how often it occurs against women in particular. However, men do have the power to be proactive when it comes to helping to prevent it from occurring in California workplaces.

Disability discrimination in the workplace

According to a study conducted by researchers at the Center for Talent Innovation, 62 percent of workers in California and the rest of the nation have disabilities that are not visible to other people. Over a third of the study participants reported being subjected to discrimination, including the perception of not having the required skills for certain work tasks. Workers with invisible disabilities also deal with the assumption that they will take too long to complete a task.

Whistleblowers protected by California law

Sometimes, employees see conduct they know is unethical or illegal and feel obligated to speak up about it. Unfortunately, these whistleblowers may end up losing their jobs or facing other forms of punishment on the job for their actions. However, the law in California, which covers the Bay Area, protects these employees from retaliation.

Pregnancy discrimination suit filed after pregnant woman fired

A woman in another state recently claimed that she was mistreated at work due to being pregnant. She reportedly ended up getting terminated due to her pregnancy and thus filed a lawsuit against her employer, an aviation parts manufacturer. Any woman who experiences pregnancy discrimination in the Bay Area or elsewhere has the right to seek justice.

How to cope with harassment at work

California workers may be made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe because of harassment at the hands of other workers or managers. However, there are many possible ways to deal with harassment in the workplace. For instance, it may be possible to look at the employee handbook to determine if there is a formal process for filing a complaint. It may also be possible to talk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to learn more.

Former Gucci worker files lawsuit against former manager

On Oct. 4, it was reported that a former retail employee of a Gucci store in Chicago filed a $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit. The plaintiff has claimed that the store manager sexually harassed her to the point where he exposed himself to her, but his behavior was ignored by higher-ups. The company also has a flagship store in San Francisco.

Discrimination cases could look at treatment of other employees

Although the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the experience of other employees might be admissible as evidence in an individual workplace discrimination case, relevancy is a key factor. Employees in California trying to prove unfair treatment at work might gain admission of evidence about other employees if those people held similar positions, belonged to the same protected class or worked under the same supervisors or managers.

Whistleblowers may be reinstated to their jobs, receive damages

A woman in another state claimed that she lost her job simply because she was a whistleblower. However, the woman, who worked at a college, was recently reinstated to her former role. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area who are punished by their employers for reporting illegal or unethical behavior have the right to seek to hold accountable their employers.

Gucci faces $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit

A woman in another state claimed that her former male manager at a Gucci store harassed her sexually. She has thus decided to file a $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the fashion company. Sexual harassment is illegal, so employers in the Bay Area and elsewhere who engage in this type of behavior may be held liable through the civil court system.

Sexual harassment suit targets hotel, celebrity chef

A hotel in another state has been named in a lawsuit alleging harassment on the basis of sex. This lawsuit was recently amended to also include charges of sexual harassment against celebrity chef Todd English. Anyone in the Bay Area who has suffered this type of harassment in the workplace has the right to seek to hold his or her employer accountable.

Lawsuit filed against company accused of pregnancy discrimination

A lawsuit was recently filed against a real estate firm that allegedly discriminated against workers who were pregnant. Specifically, the firm terminated a minimum of three pregnant women. Those in the Bay Area who experience pregnancy discrimination, which unfortunately continues to occur in the modern workplace, may choose to seek justice through the criminal court system.

What can employees wear for religious reasons

With the nation’s economy steadily improving, more people are entering the workforce. More importantly, they are looking for higher paying jobs. Unfortunately, scores of applicants may be denied employment because of their religious beliefs. Essentially, their religious practices may be mocked or ridiculed, or their religious dress may be viewed as inappropriate for the workplace even before an applicant may conform to rules.

Police officer files pregnancy discrimination lawsuit

A police officer in another state claims that she was mistreated due to being pregnant. She has therefore filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against her department. Anyone in the Bay Area who faces negative treatment in the workplace due to a pregnancy has the right to seek accountability from the employer for such conduct.

Whistleblowers may face termination after reporting wrongdoing

A woman in another state claimed she was terminated from her job after reporting that her employer was breaking federal rules. She has therefore decided to file a whistleblower lawsuit against the company. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area are protected by the law, so if they face retaliation, they have the right to seek justice.

Federal sexual harassment suit filed against 2 IHOPs

Workers of two IHOP eateries in two different cities claimed they were harassed in a sexual manner on the job. They have therefore decided to file a federal sexual harassment suit against the franchises. When employees in the Bay Area and elsewhere experience this type of harassment in the workplace, it is within their rights to seek to hold their employers accountable.

Sexual harassment incidents not as frequent as 2 decades ago

According to federal employees, workplace harassment based on sex is not occurring as frequently as it did in the past. However, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board said it is still taking place. Fortunately, employees -- both federal and private-sector workers -- in the Bay Area who experience sexual harassment have the right to seek justice.

Woman files pregnancy discrimination suit against town

A police officer in another state recently claimed she was discriminated against on the basis of her being pregnant. She has therefore filed a pregnancy discrimination against her employer, the town for which she worked. Anyone who is mistreated in the Bay Area simply because she is pregnant has the right to pursue justice through the civil court system.

Gravedigger faces alleged wrongful termination

A gravedigger in another state claimed he was wrongfully terminated for reporting drunken, shoddy at work at multiple cemeteries. He has therefore filed a lawsuit, seeking damages. Anyone who experiences a wrongful termination in the Bay Area has the right to take legal action in an effort to hold his or her employer accountable.

Facebook sued for age discrimination

On Sept. 22, Facebook was hit with an age discrimination lawsuit that was filed in California by a former employee. A representative for the social media website did not immediately issue a statement about the complaint, and it is unclear what the plaintiff's job title was.

Sexual harassment suit settled for more than $10 million

Four women at a Ford plant in another state accused the company of allowing a hostile environment in which they were sexually harassed. They thus filed a lawsuit back in 2014. Ford recently agreed to pay as much as over $10 million to settle this lawsuit. Any employee in the Bay Area or other areas of the country have the right to take legal action if they experience sexual harassment on the job.

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