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Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Jessica Ortega, a dental nurse from Stockton, has filed claims for wrongful termination, retaliation and sexual harassment against her supervisor, dentist Howard Chi, after her complaints of sexual harassment to her employer led to the loss of her job. Ms. Ortega claims that Chi would regularly make sexual references towards her at the Pacific Dental… Read More »

Avoiding Double Victimization in Sexual Harassment

A study published by the Organization Science Journal concerning victims of sexual harassment at work has found that victims who remain passive in the face of sexual harassment often become victims of a secondary ― more passive ― form of harassment. The report, co-authored by academics from the Universities of Utah, Notre Dame, Columbia and… Read More »

Who is Liable for Sexual Harassment?

Dr. Richard Vladovic, a board member of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is under investigation after two employees of the LAUSD, one male and the other female, reported him for sexual harassment and employee intimidation. Dr. Vladovic is alleged to have threatened the jobs of both employees and to have otherwise harassed and bullied… Read More »

Employer Liability and Preventing Sexual Harassment

The State of California has recently enacted legislation mandating extensive and specific workplace training programs to stop and prevent sexual harassment. Regular training is one proven method for reducing the frequency of sexual harassment allegations by workers. In addition to providing ongoing training, the employer must take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment in the… Read More »

Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firm

Recently, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, CMEA Capital, found itself at the wrong end of an 89 count complaint alleging that one of its partners, John Haag, had sexually harassed three of the firm’s executive assistants. Claiming that Haag was a known predator, the complaint paints a sordid picture of his conduct replete with… Read More »

You Can Stop Sexual Harassment!

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal government agency that protects your right to a workplace free of discriminatory practices. Just because the law outlaws it, does not mean sexual harassment has been eliminated. Although sexual harassment has been illegal since 1976, it is still all too common. If you are being sexually… Read More »

A History of Sexual Harassment in the United States

While the first sexual harassment decision, Williams v. Saxby was handed down in 1976, this area of law had little visibility and minimal import until Justice Clarence Thomas’ conduct toward Anita Hill became emblematic of the syndrome. A timeline of sexual harassment law shows the evolution of national awareness of sexual harassment from a culturally… Read More »

When Sexual Harassment Becomes Stalking

Stalking is a form of repeated harassment that has an obsessive, escalating quality. The definition of stalking appears in the California Penal Code. Repeated and invasive acts meant to invoke severe discomfort or fear in the victim can indicate serious psychopathology, personality disorder as well as criminal intent. Stalking is a serious crime, in or… Read More »

What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in California?

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) defines sexual harassment as an act or series of acts that are of a sexual nature, unwanted and unsolicited. Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination, and is therefore illegal under state and federal law. Who can be accused? In the past, only those in a… Read More »

What is Sexual Harassment?

According the U.S. Equal Employment Commission, the prohibition of sexual harassment is clearly defined: It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Sexual harassment is a common form of gender discrimination, punishable by law. A 2012 survey by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE)… Read More »