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sexual harassment Archives

What is an agreement not to compete?

If you have been asked to sign a noncompete agreement or an employment contract with a noncompete clause in it, you may wonder what it refers to. In general, a non-compete agreement is entered into before the employee begins work and takes effect once the employee ends their working relationship for that employer. An agreement not to compete is typically included in an employment contract the employee may be asked to sign.

Sexual harassment basics

In general, it is unlawful to harass an individual, either an applicant for a job or an employee, on the basis of that person's sex. By definition, sexual harassment can include sexual harassment, or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal or physical harassment that is sexual in nature. In addition, harassment is not limited to harassment that is sexual in nature.

Some important facts about sexual harassment

Understanding what sexual harassment is and some important facts about it can be helpful for victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title 7 applies to employers with 15 or more employees; state and local governments; the federal government; and a few others.

Rhode Island restaurant worker brings sexual harassment claim

Victims of workplace sexual harassment are legally protected. A former dishwasher at a national chain restaurant recently brought a lawsuit in Rhode Island alleging sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. The former dishwasher brought a claim against his former managers accusing them of discriminating against him for being a heterosexual male and allowing sexual harassment from a male coworker to continue despite being aware of it. The man asserts that the male coworker repeatedly touched him inappropriately. The man also asserts he complained about the harassment but the manager tolerated it.

In the face of workplace challenges, protections are available

Workers suffering in an unsafe workplace and with sexual harassment are legally protected. A recent study of 3,066 workers finds that one in five workers reports experiencing a hostile or threatening workplace environment that can include sexual harassment. Researchers for the study reported concerns about the high number of workers who reported working in hostile workplaces. In addition, nearly 55 percent reported dealing with potentially hazardous conditions.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited

Sexual harassment is something that workers in Rhode Island workplaces do not have to tolerate. Sexual harassment violates both federal and state laws and is considered a form of discrimination in the workplace. As a result, workers should be familiar with what sexual harassment in the workplace includes and what can be done if they experience sexual harassment discrimination in the workplace.

Protecting workers from unlawful retaliation

Retaliating against a worker for reporting illegal and inappropriate activity in the workplace is illegal. Employer retaliation is prohibited by both state and federal laws. Employees should enjoy a safe work environment and not fear retaliation when a safe workplace has not been provided and is pointed out. Employees who have been unlawfully retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment, workplace discrimination or for whistle blowing enjoy important legal protections.

Businessman steps down after being accused of sexual harassment

Sexual harassment has been in the news a lot lately, with a number of high-powered CEOs stepping down after being accused of sexual misconduct. Justin Caldbeck, a Silicon Valley investor and the co-founder of Binary Capital, has stepped down after being accused of sexually harassing a number of female founders working in technology. Six women reported that Caldbeck groped them, sent text messages late at night and made unwanted advances towards them.