Sexual Harassment – Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

Roger Ailes, Fox News. Bill O’Reilly, Fox News. Harvey Weinstein, Miramax. Donald Trump, President. James Toback, director. Dave McClure, 500 Startups. Justin Caldwell, Binary Capital. John Besh, chef. Al Franken, Senator. Matt Lauer, NBC. Charlie Rose, PBS. Mark Halperin, MSNBC. Eric Bolling, Fox News. Russell Simmons, Def Jam Records. … [Read more...]

The Habitual Nature of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment usually is not an isolated event. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News host, recently filed a lawsuit against (now former) CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, alleging causes of action for sexual harassment and retaliatory termination. Ms. Carlson primarily alleges that Ailes propositioned her on numerous occasions, ogled her, demanded … [Read more...]

Is My Employer Required to Stop Sexual Harassment?

In an earlier post, I discussed what employees should do if they are being sexually harassed. Among other things, employees should tell the harasser to stop, and if that doesn’t work, they should report the harassment to appropriate persons at work (i.e. human resource department, supervisor, or upper management). Once reported, California law … [Read more...]

How Do I Know If I’m Being Sexually Harassed?

Sexual harassment is more than the typical “you’ll get ahead in this company if you sleep with me” statement.  It isn’t always so obvious and direct.  The following are just some of the many forms of sexual harassment under California law. EXAMPLES OF VERBAL AND WRITTEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT  Asking a person out for dates or drinks or to have … [Read more...]

What to do if sexually harassed at work.

1.    TELL THE HARASSER TO STOP Often harassers are oblivious that their behavior is unwanted, offensive, and downright creepy. Be direct. Tell the harasser that you don’t enjoy his or her behavior Be specific about the behavior you don’t enjoy Demand the behavior to stop For example, a manager repeatedly refers to you … [Read more...]