If you have never suffered from sexual harassment in the workplace, you may find it surprising to learn that it can be hard to identify. Sometimes, the harasser approaches his or her targets cautiously, leaving the victim unsure if the behavior constitutes harassment.
California prides itself on being at the forefront of protections for a diverse group of employees and workers that keep the state's economy running. Although many laws and practices protect the victims of sexual harassment, there is still much work to be done.
One of the greatest accomplishments in California is the concern that the state's laws and businesses show fair access to work for all populations. The government has recently prioritized fair employment and employee treatment practices to keep the state attractive to workers.
Sexual harassment has been a problem in workplaces for decades if not longer. Fortunately, efforts across the nation and world have modernized attitudes towards gender and sexual harassment has decreased. Most workers, including all workers in California, also have options for fighting back against harassment when it happens.
Sexual harassment has gone in recent decades from an expected imposition to an unacceptable issue in the workplace. Smart employers and managers now acknowledge that women, minorities and other protected groups deserve equal treatment and freedom from inappropriate behavior. But the struggle remains real for thousands of workers in California and elsewhere in the nation.
Sexual harassment is not only unethical and illegal. Inappropriate behavior in the workplace can damage careers, destroy company morale and retard the growth of a culture of trust and cooperation. Harassment by people in power over public services is especially harmful to society as well as their co-workers.
Sexual harassment has been a constant problem in workplaces and elsewhere in society for centuries. It is often easy to ignore the problem if it is not part of a person's daily life, but it seems that -- whether or not sexual harassment is on the rise -- legal attention being paid to the social scourge is increasing.
Sexual harassment is getting more attention in the news this year, as several industries appear to be rife with previously untold inappropriate behavior by male supervisors and colleagues. An integral part of the problem appears to be the system of restrictions that attempted to keep these allegations from the public.
Sexual harassment has been a problem in American workplaces for decades, although it is getting far more attention in recent months. A nationwide trend of discoveries and allegations indicates that the time of unpunished inappropriate behavior may finally be drawing to a close.
Although progress has been made in efforts to prevent sexual harassment and inappropriate sexualized behavior in the workplace, there is much work to be done. Recent allegations and discoveries show that several groups of Californian workers who simply want to pursue careers are facing harassment and discrimination in the entertainment, real estate and venture capital industries.