A woman who worked at a McDonald's in Farmingdale, New Jersey, has filed a lawsuit against the fast-food giant. She says that after reporting unsanitary and unsafe conditions that were "endemic to the workplace," she was called racist, sexist and other derogatory names and sexually harassed. Her working conditions became so stressful, she says, that her physical and mental health suffered. She eventually left the company.
Flirting with members of the opposite sex happens all the time. It happens in schools, at the bar, at work or over the phone. It's often something people embrace and enjoy. It can be thrilling, and it's the way that many relationships progress from just being friends into something more.
When most people think about sexual harassment in the workplace, inappropriate touching is the first thing that comes to mind. And while that's one of the most common forms of sexual harassment, there are many others that you need to be aware of.
Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, a far too common phenomenon in the workplace. Some types of workers tend to be more vulnerable to sexual harassment more than others.
There are both state and federal laws on the books that make it illegal for an employer to retaliate against their employees. Employers are strictly forbidden from firing employees who participate in an investigation of their employer or report their unlawful activities including discrimination and sexual harassment. Anyone who violates legislation such as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Equal Pay Act (EPA), Civil Rights Act (CRA) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may face civil penalties for doing so.
You're moving through your day, doing your job as scheduled, and all of a sudden you receive a strange text or email from a supervisor or coworker. You're taken aback, as it's sexually suggestive and you don't know exactly how to react.
The movie Bombshell is a perfect example of blatant sexual harassment and the hostile and very toxic work environment that was present at FOX News under former chief executive Roger Ailes.
Does the New Jersey government have a problem with sexual harassment? Some lawmakers in Trenton think that a "toxic culture of abuse" requires some proactive measures to get legislators on the same page before they take office.
As a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you don't want to find yourself in the middle of a "he said, she said" standoff. The best way to protect against this is to collect evidence associated with your claim.
The supervisor of curriculum and instruction at the Stafford Township School District (STSD) filed a sexual harassment retaliation lawsuit against the school system's superintendent on Dec. 12. In her filing, she alleges that her boss repeatedly sent her text messages requesting her to come and visit him at a bar in Manahawkin in the middle of the night.