Following the filing of two lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles, a city councilwoman and the city council president are initiating new proposals for the prevention of sexual harassment on the job. Currently, only managers take this training. With the new proposal, employees will also be required to take the training. In addition, the training for sexual harassment will have to be live instead of online. Political leaders are hoping that these proposals will reduce the likelihood of sexual harassment claims against the city.
Two city councilmen are presently facing separate sexual harassment suits by previous aides. A plaintiff is alleging that one often made offensive sexual comments to her. The lawsuit against the other councilman alleges that he made sexual favors a condition of one for deputy chief of staff’s employment. He denies the allegation and purports he had a consensual affair with the plaintiff.
The mayor has also chimed in on the new proposals. He feels that strengthening harassment training for employees is a needed and smart idea. He also expressed concern that only one of the city’s 18 elected officials is female, yet was clear to point out that workplace sexual harassment works both ways. It’s not just the more numbers in men that reflect the likelihood of a sexual harassment case.
Employees in companies and organizations have rights. An employment law attorney may be able to help those who are facing sexual harassment on the job. Damages may include compensation for the loss of a job, demotion, unlawful retaliation, lost wages or worsened work hours or conditions.
Source: Huffington Post, “Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Against LA Prompt Calls For Prevention Training“, Dakota Smith, October 24, 2013