A new lawsuit has recently been filed by a former Wal-Mart employee citing sexual harassment. The lawsuit was filed against Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., which is responsible for operating dozens of Wal-Mart stores in the eastern part of the United States.
Sexual harassment can happen in any job. However, it tends to be more prevalent in fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. To that end, a recent study showed alarming rates of sexual harassment against female anthropologists and anthropology graduate students.
In 2011, two female officers for the Los Angeles Police Department had filed a lawsuit against the city for violating their rights as employees. Both of the women are lesbians, and even though employers are prohibited from sexually harassing workers, the two women claimed that they were harassed on several occasions because of their sexual orientation.
Three women who worked for a venture capital firm based in San Francisco have recently decided that the only way they will be able to protect their rights after being subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace is to file a lawsuit against their former employer.
Last week, a former employee for Walt Disney Co. filed a lawsuit against the company for firing him under illegal conditions. The lawsuit, which was filed in California, accuses Disney of retaliation and wrongful termination.
Workers have the right to certain expectations in the workplace, including being able to work in an environment that is safe and free of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, sexual harassment still occurs, and even when employees do report incidents, employers may try to deny the allegations or ignore workers' complaints.
Parents of teenagers who are encouraging their kids to find part-time or summer jobs should also consider explaining to their teens some of the basic rights workers have in California in order to protect their children from being taken advantage of in the workplace by their employers.
Let's take a look at how sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the workplace, sexual harassment is defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature."
California has strict laws against sexual harassment in the workplace, but unfortunately the treatment still occurs. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a female worker was sexually harassed and retaliated against at Tenaya Lodge, a hotel and resort located near Yosemite National Park in California.
It is disappointing to know that women and men continue to be victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment is illegal, but every year more incidents are reported in California and throughout the entire country. Some complaints are handled appropriately and immediately by employers. Unfortunately, other complaints are ignored until workers decide to take legal action.