Laws protect employees from co-workers or bosses guilty of discrimination and harassment. However, some California workers endure workplace miseries, including sexual harassment and discrimination, for fear of repercussions or because they do not know how to protect their rights. What workers need to understand is that harassment and discrimination is illegal in the workplace and laws are meant to protect workers from retaliation when they do raise concerns about illegal behaviors or actions.
Following the alleged sexual assault of a maid by former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, some luxury hotels have decided to offer panic buttons to their employees. The alleged assault took place at the Sofitel hotel where the maid was employed. The maid said that she entered Strauss-Kahn's room to clean it and was attacked. Following the maid's report of the attack, Sofitel decided to give maids panic buttons to protect them against sexual harassment and possible assaults.