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California may adopt new workplace sexual harassment laws

Three bills dealing with workplace sexual harassment are under consideration in the California legislature. SB-1343 will update the law that requires workplaces where at least 50 people work to give supervisors sexual harassment training within six months of the supervisor beginning the job and then every two years. It will require companies that have at least five employees to train all employees in sexual harassment by Jan. 1, 2020. This will need to be at least two hours of training every two years. Furthermore, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing will be required to develop a two-hour training program that employers have the option to use.

Awareness of sexual harassment may lead to more complaints

Companies in California and throughout the country are expecting an increased number of sexual harassment cases in 2018. The HR Certification Institute did a poll of 200 people who were HR leaders within their organizations to get their feelings about the matter. Of those polled, 79 percent said that sexual harassment training should be a high priority, compared to just 40 percent in 2017.

Sexual harassment claims fall for white women, not others

The #MeToo movement has cast a spotlight on sexual harassment in California's entertainment industry, drawing national media attention to an important employment issue. However, these high-profile cases fail to tell the whole story of workplace sexual harassment.

Group seeks to improve working conditions in restaurants

About 70 percent of workers in the food and beverage industry who receive tips and a regular wage are women. Tipped workers in many states are entitled to a federal minimum wage of $2.13 before tips are included. However, California and several other states offer what is referred to as the fair wage. Workers in those states are entitled to the full minimum wage before tips. Research has shown that these people experienced lower levels of sexual harassment compared to others who made $2.13 an hour.

U.S. House strives to reform handling of sexual harassment cases

The passage of a bill by the U.S. House of Representatives represents an overhaul of how the legislative body treats workplace claims of harassment or discrimination. For decades, the Congressional Accountability Act has guided the treatment of these claims from staff members and interns, but critics described that process as secretive and difficult for victims. The new bill attempts to streamline the process and hold legislators responsible for the money paid to victims that come from the U.S. Treasury.

Fear of retaliation often keeps sexual harassment victims quiet

It has long been believed that workers in California and around the country are often reluctant to speak up about sexual harassment because they fear retaliation or do not know that their employers have anti-harassment policies in place. A recent survey from the Society for Human Resource Management seems to support these views. The Virginia-based organization found that more than three quarters of the management employees they polled who said that they had experienced some sort of sexual harassment did not step forward because they anticipated sanctions or believed that nothing would change.

Multiple lawsuits target Monster Energy for sexual harassment

Drinks produced by Monster Energy might revive tired people in California, but five women who used to work for the company found their experiences to be real downers. In separate lawsuits, the former female employees accused the company of giving executives a free pass to sexually harass and abuse women on the job. One plaintiff said that the company paid men more than her and excluded her from stock options.

Casino founder faces sexual harassment allegations

Many California residents have stayed at one of Steve Wynn's properties in Las Vegas. Reports have now surfaced that Wynn has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. The Wall Street Journal claims in a story that Wynn settled a 2005 case involving a manicurist for $7.5 million. The Wall Street Journal also claimed that it sought to talk with more than 150 people who used to work for him.

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