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Sexual Assault and Harassment Claims No Longer Subject to Secret Arbitration

On March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act. This new law—a result of the #MeToo movement—means that employers cannot force employees into secret arbitration for claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. Since arbitration generally tends to favor employers over employees, this law...

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Are You Working in a Toxic Work Environment?

Employers have a duty to prevent and remedy toxic work environments, which are workplaces where harassment and inappropriate behavior run rampant, distracting victims from doing their jobs. What is an Illegal Toxic Work Environment? There is no legal claim for “toxic” work environments. However, state and federal law prohibit...

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Is Sexual Harassment Outside of Work Still Illegal?

Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it illegal for employers to fail to prevent or remediate work-related sexual harassment regardless of where the harassment occurs. That means you may report coworkers’ sexual harassment that occurs inside...

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What is the Difference Between Bullying & Harrassment in the Workplace?

Bullying is a hot topic in America. The word evokes an image of a playground bully, humiliating you and diminishing your self-esteem. What is the difference between workplace bullying and illegal discrimination? When does bullying meet the legal requirements of a hostile work environment?  The concepts of bullying, harassment,...

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Can I Secretly Record My Boss at Work?

Is It Illegal to Record Conversations with My Boss or Coworkers? A common question that we get from clients is whether they can secretly record conversations or calls with co-workers, their boss, or HR. California is a “two-party consent” state, which means that it can be illegal to secretly record...

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What to Do About Sexual Harassment in a Job Interview

Job interviews are stressful enough without worrying about being sexually harassed or propositioned, especially if you desperately need a job or truly want the position. We all invest a lot of ourselves in our work, and prize the opportunity to find a position where we are valued.  Some employers...