California is one of the strongest and most diverse economies in the world, and that is no coincidence. The state is home to some of the smartest business owners and managers because they respect the need for diversity and acceptance at a human level.
The Golden State has several laws that protect workers from sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. These are in addition to the federal laws that prevent inappropriate behavior and protect those who report it to effect change in their offices, businesses and work sites.
The last year has uncovered harassment and discrimination in venture capital, high-tech innovation industries and even the state government in Sacramento. Several members of the senate and assembly have resigned in the wake of sexual harassment lawsuits filed by former employees and lobbyists.
A former aide to a California senator recently sued one of the former legislators as well as the state senate. The suit alleges the aide was wrongfully terminated after complaining about the former senator’s behavior around a young female staffer in the office.
The same senator has been connected with six other accusations of “unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior.” Although the current litigant is not of the alleged victims of sexual harassment, she was terminated during the scandal after she filed a formal complaint witnessing the former senator’s behavior.
Victims of employment law violations such as whistleblower protections have the right to challenge the violators and claim financial damages or reinstatement at their previous job. An attorney can help victims prepare for a lawsuit to protect employees’ interests.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Former aide to California lawmaker sues him and state Senate, alleging retaliation for whistleblowing,” Patrick McGreevy, April 03, 2018