A pattern of ongoing sexual harassment by members of the Oceanside Police Department has ended in a $1.5 million award from a Vista Superior Court jury. Kimberli Hirst was a contract phlebotomist for the department; she took blood samples from those accused of driving under the influence and was employed by American Forensic Nurses.
In an indication of potentially wide-spread discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed three new lawsuits against employers last week. All of the suits share two things in common: they allege horrific acts of sexual harassment and they target farming industry employers.
A new federal lawsuit against a California hospital alleges that it failed to properly supervise one of its employees. This lack of supervision apparently allowed an employee to repeatedly harass and eventually assault a teenage intern. The suit claims that the hospital did not provide enough training or supervision to protect its young interns from potential workplace harms like sexual harassment.
A jury awarded $1.2 million to Julie Fagundes, a former saleswoman for CenCal Beverage Company in Ceres. According to her lawsuit, Fagundes was sexually harassed in the workplace and despite complaining about the treatment, her supervisors did nothing to stop the unwelcome attention. Coworkers and supervisors called her names, groped her and subjected her to pornography.
Amid rumors that John Doe #2 in the sexual harassment and sexual battery lawsuit against John Travolta was moving into mediation, Doe #2's lawyer emphatically denied that was going to happen. Instead the lawyer promised a fight, but one that would protect his client, an alleged sexual assault victim, from unfair public judgment while allowing him to pursue legal remedies related to the harassment.
A sexual harassment legal claim requires that the treatment be "severe and pervasive." For employment attorneys, the work to show that the sexual harassment was severe is often to demonstrate the harassment's interference with the employee's work. It's much more likely that a sexual harassment claim will result in a finding for the victim when his or her work performance is affected.
As the sexual harassment controversy surrounding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain grows, many employees are evaluating their own workplace incidents to determine whether it's sexual harassment. This post will help explain the elements of sexual harassment to help California employees understand a harassment claim.
As the campaign for a Republican presidential candidate heats up, one candidate has become the subject of sexual harassment allegations. Presidential candidate Herman Cain has been accused of engaging in sexual harassment by at least three different women, according to the Christian Science Monitor.