Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

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Every public and private employer in the State of California (except the federal government and religious, non-profit corporations or associations) is subject to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act’s (FEHA), which prohibits against sexual harassment in the workplace. Individual supervisors, managers and non-supervisory employees are individually subject to the FEHA’s anti-harassment provisions. The goal of the FEHA is to familiarize supervisors and managers with their responsibilities under California law for responding to, and preventing, sexual harassment. Although federal law imposes similar duties as those required by the FEHA, there are some important differences that will be highlighted in my paper.

Zero Tolerance Policy

It is the policy of each department to provide all employees with a safe, harassment-free work environment. All employees are expected to behave professionally and respectfully while interacting with others without regard to classification, job title, or function. Discriminatory or harassing conduct will not be tolerated. Any such behavior that does occur will be immediately addressed and appropriate corrective action will be taken.

Sexually harassing conduct constitutes a violation of Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act (title 42, U.S.C. SECTION 2000) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) (Gov. Code section 12940, et seq.). Departmental policy requires that all employees assume responsibility to maintain a work environment free from such conduct. Agencies should publicize penalties and encourage assertive actions on the employees who are targets of unwanted sexual attention. The managers and supervisors should be firm and consistent in punishing the harasser. A...

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California Law Relating to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Department Manual on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Federal Law Relating to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
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