According to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, sexual harassment is defined as any action in which an unwanted sexual advance results, be it of a visual, verbal or physical nature. Gender harassment and harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth and/or related medical conditions is also considered sexual harassment under California law.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Common examples of sexual harassment include employers offering benefits in exchange for sexual favors, issuing threatening and/or negative reprisals after a negative response to a sexual advance and visual, verbal and/or physical conduct in which derogatory gestures, slurs or jokes are employed.
Obligations of California Employers
All California employers are prohibited from harassing employees in the workplace. If harassment does occur, an employer may be liable even if management was not aware of the harassment. The only circumstances in which an employer may not be liable are if the harasser is a non-management employee, the employer had no knowledge of the misconduct and/or if a program to prevent harassment was present.
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