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Sexual Harassment Archives

Identifying sexual harassment in the workplace

The last several months have seen a sudden and surprising sea change in the public conversation surrounding sexual harassment in many different work environments and professional settings. Understandably, this has lead to great confusion for many individuals who may believe that they too experience sexual harassment in the workplace but don't know how to address it correctly. Still others may remain unclear on whether or not some particular behavior actually counts as legally actionable sexual harassment or is merely a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of other behavior.

The sexist view of sexual harassment

It is not difficult to find questionable, or even insulting advice online about how to avoid being accused of sexual harassment. The notion that someone can find themselves the "accidental" perpetrator of harassment is ridiculous. It is not a fine line between appropriate interactions and sexual harassment. Harassment is unquestionably disgusting behavior and the individuals who perpetrate it, as well as employers who tolerate it are clearly in the wrong.

What damages are available in workplace sexual harassment suits?

If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, you have some very important decisions to make about how you respond. Your first step is to alert your employer to the harassment, which, a perfect world would be the end of the matter. Unfortunately, there is often much more to this particular fight, and many cases of sexual harassment in the workplace lead to a sexual harassment lawsuit. Before you decide to dig in with a sexual harassment suit, it is wise to understand what you can expect.

Sexual harassment at work-sponsored warm-weather events

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, the summer season is unofficially over. But if you happened to attend any work-sponsored social events this summer -- especially any that involved alcohol -- the drama of summer may be far from over.

Flight attendants claim social media harassment, sue airline

Social media often blurs the line between personal and professional lives, creating new and surprising opportunities for discrimination. A Philadelphia woman and her colleague are now suing their employer because of sexual discrimination by coworkers that they claim occurred on social media.

Responding to sexual harassment

Sexual harassment has certainly diminished a great deal in the workplace over the last couple of decades, but it is unfortunately still a reality for many people. If you are experiencing sexual harassment, there are a number of steps you can take to put an end to it and make the workplace safer and more productive for everyone. Taking action against sexual harassment is rarely easy, but it is not only the right thing to do for yourself, it's also the right thing to do for thousands of other workers who want to feel safe at their jobs. When you confront sexual harassment, you are contributing to a better workplace experience for many more people than only yourself.

Fox News hit with more allegations of sexual harassment

A lot of news coverage was devoted to the election in 2016. So much so, in fact, that some significant stories failed to get the coverage and attention they deserved. One of those stories, arguably, was the ousting of Roger Ailes, chairman and co-founder of Fox News. Ailes was fired over allegations that he had sexually harassed former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, as well as other female employees.

New Jersey police officer faces sexual assault charges

Sexual assault charges are some of the most personal and difficult claims to bring against another person. "I was assaulted, and that person is responsible," is difficult, no matter who you are, and that conflict can be even greater if the person who is responsible is an authority figure. Make no mistake, sexual assault should never be swept under the rug, no matter who the perpetrator happens to be. Illustrating this point is a New Jersey police officer who is currently facing sexual assault charges.

Gender Discrimination And Appearance Policies

Can you be fired for gaining a few pounds? According to the New Jersey Supreme Court, apparently the answer is yes. The issue arose based on the practice of an Atlantic City casino of firing cocktail waitresses if they gained more than 7 percent of their body weight. A group of "Borgata Babes" eventually tired of being embarrassed and harassed as part of regular weigh-ins and filed turned to the law to put a stop to the discrimination. Unfortunately, the practice was condoned by the court system based on the notion that the casino applies the rule to both male and female employees. That ignores the fact that there is no evidence that the men who work as bartenders are weighed as frequently, or even at all.

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