After years of hard work and countless late nights at the office, you finally obtain your dream job - only to be told that you are being let go due to company downsizing. After your initial shock fades, you start to question why you are being fired when so many other less-qualified employees are being saved. One particular thought begins to run through your head, "Am I the victim of discrimination or employer retaliation?"
A 56-year-old woman who worked as a water board member for the Water Replenishment District of Southern California has filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the Mayor of Carson for sexual harassment. The Water Replenishment District of Southern California is also named as a defendant in the pending lawsuit.
In an unusual case of "he said, he said," a former Richmond, California, police officer has filed a lawsuit against the openly gay chief of police claiming sexual harassment. The former officer claims that he was fired back in 2013 after he accused the police chief of making sexual advances against him that were unwanted.
Los Angeles workers and employers are keenly aware of laws forbidding workplace sexual misconduct. Employment policies and public awareness have not eliminated sexual harassment problems. Out-and-out demands for sexual favors, to prevent termination or ensure a promotion, occur less frequently now than in the past, but harassment can take subtle forms.
Most everyone is aware that sexual harassment is illegal in the workplace. However, many may not be aware of what the legal definition of sexual harassment actually is. Sexual harassment, according to the Fair Employment and Housing Act, is defined as "harassment based on sex or of a sexual nature; gender harassment; and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition."