Sexual harassment is generally defined as a type of conduct in the workplace that is sexual in nature and interferes with the performance of an employee's job. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, lewd comments or even obscene jokes.
While you may hate your job, and dislike some of the people that you work with, that doesn't necessarily equate to a "hostile work environment." In fact, even if you are the victim of sexual harassment, but it is an isolated incident within your workplace, it may not mean that your place of employment is a hostile work environment.
Ninoos Benjamin immigrated to the United States from Iran and considers himself Assyrian. But in a Los Angeles city department where African Americans have been pitted against Latinos for promotions, new hires and job perks, he was told to choose a side. "You are either with us or against us," Benjamin claims he was told by an assistant general manager in a harassment lawsuit he filed earlier this week against the City of L.A.
Three teenage employees at a Hawaii Panda Express asserted that they were subjected to workplace sexual harassment by a manager at the fast food eatery. They filed a lawsuit last fall alleging that a hostile work environment was created by the manager who made inappropriate comments to and contact with the female employees.
The EEOC announced a sexual harassment lawsuit against a health care clinic. One of the company's receptionists reported that a male patient made numerous unwelcome sexual comments to her and that the clinic did nothing in response. Exercising its anti-discrimination enforcement role, the EEOC now seeks a variety of damages for sexual harassment.
Cindy Guillen, a public relations officer to Burbank's Spanish-speaking community, is now in court rather than at work. She did not want to pursue legal action against her employer, but after complaints of sexual harassment and harassment based on her ethnic background were not investigated, she decided to file a lawsuit against her employer.
A former employee at the restaurant owned by celebrity chef Paula Deen and her brother has filed suit, alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The Savannah restaurant is co-owned by Deen and her brother, and the plaintiff named both Deen and the brother in the employment law suit.