Sexual Harassment — The Negative Consequences
Sexual harassment is one of the common forms of discrimination in the workplace. Neither men nor women have to endure unlawful conduct or stereotypes in their employment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment & Housing Act prohibit discrimination that is based on gender, marital status or sexual orientation.
Cherky Salon Case
A prominent salon owner has recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit that claimed he mistreated two female employees. Because of his actions, he must know pay out a $7 million settlement award. Cherky was also found guilty of sexual harassment in a separate case involving one female employee for $2.3 million.
The women that were involved in the sexual harassment claim, state that Cherky subjected them to sexual advances, physical abuse and retaliation. Cherky has also filed for bankruptcy, claiming a net worth of $6 million.
Many employers have the false belief that the law does not apply to them or that they will not be caught. In reality, when employers support wrongful acts in the workplace, they can be subject to penalties and damages that could end up closing the doors on their business permanently.
Employees have the right to work in a non-hostile environment. An employer clearly violates that law when they do not treat their employees appropriately as prescribed by sexual harassment statutes. If you feel that you are a victim of unlawful conduct, then you should have a consultation with an experienced sexual harassment attorney. Contact Shegerian & Associates today for more information!