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What Is the Difference Between Non-Sexual Harassment and Sexual Workplace Harassment?

Workplace harassment can take on many different forms. While no form is technically more illegal than another, sexual harassment can feel especially violating. In general, harassment is defined as annoying, intimidating, or threatening behavior or actions that make someone fear for their safety. Types of offending behaviors include offensive comments or epithets, physically blocking someone,…

Are Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential?

Suppose you were the victim of workplace sexual harassment. In that case, you might be wary of filing a formal complaint within the company for privacy reasons. Confidentiality is a crucial concern when it comes to complaints of sexual harassment. You may worry about the repercussions of making a formal complaint, including suffering further hostility…

What Can I Do If I Am Being Sexually Harassed by My Boss?

Those who experience sexual harassment in the workplace are not alone. Employees throughout California are experiencing sexual harassment at work, including harassment from their bosses and supervisors. According to a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) study, one out of four women and one out of five men have experienced workplace sexual harassment. If you…

What Should I Do If I See a Co-Worker Being Sexually Harassed?

Workplace sexual harassment remains a serious issue among California’s employers. It doesn’t matter where you work or what you do for a living; no workplace is immune. At one time or another, while on the clock, you are bound to witness sexual harassment or experience it yourself. What actions should you take if you see…

How Common Is Sexual Harassment of Men in the Workplace?

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws, both male and female workers are protected from sex-based discrimination and harassment. When most people think of workplace harassment, they often think of harassment directed towards women. However, men can also become victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.…

Why Does Workplace Sexual Harassment Often Go Unreported?

One U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) study found that 90 percent of individuals who say they have experienced harassment will never take formal action. Sadly, their lack of action allows offenders and abusers to get away with these behaviors without facing fair consequences. Not only does the lack of reporting enable the cycle to…