A new California law requires businesses with 50 or more employees to hold training for supervisors related to sexual harassment. As of January 1, 2015 a portion of that required training will also have to include content designed to identify and prevent bullying in the workplace.
The exact details of the new training requirements seem a bit unclear – there is no exact time required by employers for the bullying education (just that it be included in the mandatory two hour sexual harassment training), nor is there a defined curriculum that all employers will be required to use. One thing that is clear from the new directive though is that the state of California is once again at the forefront of creating a safe and comfortable working environment for all employees – and that is certainly a good thing.
Bullying and abusive behavior can have a huge impact on employees in the workplace. Verbal and physical abuse negatively affects workplace performance and morale and can lead to physical and emotional injuries that extend well beyond the hours at work. This new protocol aims to give supervisors the tools to identify their own actions that could be potentially damaging to employees as well as helping them identify and prevent instances of coworker bullying.
Employers are required by law to provide a workplace that is safe and free from instances of harassment and discrimination. If you have been put in a situation where you have been bullied, abused or discriminated against for any reason inside of your workplace you need to consult with an experienced legal professional.
A qualified California attorney will listen to the details of your story to determine if your employer is at fault. If there is proof of wrongdoing your attorney will formulate a plan and put the wheels in motion to hold your employer accountable and secure any damages you may be entitled to.
Discrimination is illegal and prohibited by both California and federal laws. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act makes it unlawful for any employer with over 5 employees to discriminate against an employee based on an unlawful reason, such as race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, or any other protected reason. Individuals who succeed in bringing discrimination claims are entitled to back-pay, compensatory damages, and attorneys’ fees.
Discrimination cases come in two forms: “disparate treatment” and “disparate impact.” A disparate treatment case asserts that the employer has been treating the individual differently, or “disparately,” based on an unlawful reason, such as age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy status, or another reason. A “disparate impact” claim asserts that an otherwise ordinary employment practice actually has a discriminatory impact on certain groups of individuals.
AXIS Legal Counsel is an employment law firm representing clients in numerous kinds of lawsuits and disputes involving some of the nation’s largest employers. Whether it is sexual harassment, other kinds of harassment, discrimination, medical/disability discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, wage/hour, workplace bullying, or other claims, AXIS Legal Counsel is experienced in the field of employment and labor law and focused on providing high-quality legal service. AXIS’s managing attorney, Rabeh M. A. Soofi, is recognized as one of the “Top Women Lawyers in Southern California” by SuperLawyers, and is a Los Angeles Employment Attorney with experience representing numerous employees with a wide variety of employment claims.
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