Workers are sometimes in an uncomfortable position. The power dynamic of a supervisor and employee can create a situation where it’s difficult to speak up against injustice. It’s an employee’s right to a safe workplace. This means the work environment should be free of discrimination and harassment, and workers also need to be allowed time off when appropriate through a FMLA leave.
Many companies have a clear policy that requires staff to advise human resources or management if they see something inappropriate happening. These policies are the result of years of employment lawsuits about systemic harassment and discrimination. Sadly, for many companies, these policies are nothing more than a form of legal protection. Management can point to the company policy as a means of limiting liability for any harassment that happened.
Workplace harassment is a common problem for both men and women in California and across the United States. Many people do not know the signs of a hostile workplace and what qualifies as harassment.