What constitutes sexual harassment?

Recently, a considerable amount of media attention has focused on sexual harassment in light of highly-publicized accusations. However, it is essential to keep in mind that this problem affects workers from a variety of backgrounds across many different industries. If someone has sexually harassed you at your place of work, or you have witnessed someone being subjected to this employee rights violation, it is critical to take action promptly. Sadly, even with raised awareness and harsh penalties, sexual harassment and various types of gender discrimination remain a serious problem for workers in Los Angeles, and throughout California.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that there are many examples of sexual harassment which are prohibited in the workplace. For example, it is against the law for an employee to be harassed because of their sex, subjected to requests involving a sexual favor, subjected to an unwanted sexual advance, or subjected to physical harassment which is sexually-charged. Moreover, verbal harassment which is sexual in nature may also constitute a violation of an employee's rights.

Sometimes, the person responsible for harassment may be a manager, but employees may also be illegally harassed by co-workers and others they interact with at work. If you are upset about the violation of your rights due to sexual harassment, discrimination, or another prohibited practice, you should not be afraid to speak up. You should keep in mind that this post does not serve as a replacement for legal advice and is to be viewed for general informational purposes.

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