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The Golden Globes Black Dress Protest

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There was one notable thing missing at this year's Golden Globes: An array of colorful dresses.

That's because Hollywood stars were using the event to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by wearing all black. Many of the speeches by award winners were centered around this topic.

The New York Times workplace sexual harassment survey

The New York Times surveyed men on their workplace sexual harassment history: What did they say?

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2017 saw an unprecedented shift in women speaking publically about workplace sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement packed such a powerful punch to the status quo, it won Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

5 Groups of employees that may be discriminated against: What to look for

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As we know from our previous blog post, some companies will use a reorganization or downsizing to discriminate against certain classes of employees.

Employers in California can fire employees for any reason, unless that reason is discriminatory in nature.

Did your company illegally fire you during a company reorganization?

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Each year in United States, many companies go through the restructuring process in an effort to save money or reorganize teams.

While corporate restructuring and downsizing are quite common, some employers use them as a cover to illegally fire certain groups of employees. It is illegal for employers to fire employees for a discriminatory reasons - yet it is commonly done during restructuring or downsizing.

Five new laws affecting California workers starting January 1

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California's employment law landscape is constantly evolving, trying to strike a balance between the interests of employers and their workers. Every year the state passes new laws to better adapt to the modern workplace. In 2017, these new laws have covered topics like wages, family leave, workplace harassment and job applicant rights.

The National Law Review recently posted a summary of new employment laws going into effect January 1, 2018. Read on to learn about five of these new laws and their implications for California's workers.

What can I do if I'm being sexually harassed?

There's a definite benefit to the sexual harassment allegations coming out in the news against noteworthy figures. What these instances say is this: No one at any job is so important that they can get away with sexual harassment. Hearing about the instances is also waking a lot of victims up to realize that they're being victimized in the exact same way.

If you're being hurt by on-the-job sexual harassment, you can speak up and put the abuse to a stop. Here's what you need to do:

  • Talk about it with your superiors or with the human resources department. Employees should report instances of sexual harassment to the appropriate person at work. They should first tell their abuser to stop. If the abuse won't stop, they should talk to an employee who is higher up than their abuser, or speak with the person designated to take these kinds of complaints. This is often enough to resolve the problem and stop the harassment in its tracks.
  • If the abuse continues, then you should follow the sexual harassment protocol outlined in the policies of your company -- if your company has one.
  • No matter how you respond to the sexual harassment, save all text messages, emails and other data that support your sexual harassment claims. Also, keep a record of the abuse by taking personal notes of the dates, times, circumstances and witnesses of each event.
  • As a final course of action, consider filing a sexual harassment complaint through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You may need help from a qualified employment law attorney with this process.

How to report sexual harassment at work

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It seems as though every day, we hear about another high profile sexual harassment claim in the news. Although the claims are both sad and shocking, victims feel more empowered than ever to speak out against the behavior they have experienced. This applies to sexual harassment both in and out of the workplace.

When it comes to reporting sexual harassment at work, many people still fear speaking out. They may fear embarrassment, job loss or another form of retaliation. Unfortunately, many never get the help they need.

Another television star accused of harassment: Charlie Rose

The television journalist Charlie Rose has been accused by eight women of sexual harassment. All of the women worked with Rose at PBS during his career at as a renowned interviewer there. According to the women, Rose groped them, disrobed in front of them and made unwanted sexual advances. According to one of the women, Rose touched her inappropriately while whispering sexually in her ear at a company event.

Less than 24 hours following the investigation, CBS terminated Rose from working with the company as a morning show co-anchor in a position he has held since 2012. The quick action of the president of CBS News in removing Rose shows how quickly companies are now responding to sexual harassment after multiple accusers come forward -- especially following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has unfolded over the last several weeks and prompted numerous women to come forward in the "me too" campaign.

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