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Language Restrictions in the Workplace

Karen Morris was employed by a winery in Madera County for more than 22 years, but when she complained about her unsafe working environment and the behavior of her co-workers, she was fired. Ms. Morris worked as a lab technician for Mission Bell Winery, and reported finding rat droppings and mold in her work area…. 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 »

UC Board of Regents Settles Racial Harassment Case for $4.5 Million

The Regents of the University of California have agreed to pay Dr. Christian Head, a surgeon at UCLA’s medical school, an out-of-court settlement of $4.5 million to resolve the racial discrimination claim he filed earlier this year. Dr. Head, a head and neck specialist, filed suit against his employer for failing to prevent discrimination, harassment… 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 »