Every employee in the San Diego area not only deserves to work in an environment that is safe and free from discrimination and sexual harassment, but private sector and government employees also have a right to work in an environment where they will be protected by their employers.
In California, employees have a right to file a complaint with their employer if they believe that they have been a victim of sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace. When a complaint is filed, it is then the responsibility of the employer to handle the complaint appropriately. Failing to do so not only may foster a hostile work environment, but failing to properly address and investigate a worker’s complaint is also a violation of an employee’s rights under state and federal laws.
After settling a sexual harassment lawsuit that was filed by several female officers more than a decade ago, the city of Concord settled another sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this month. The recent case involved a civilian employee who claimed that she was harassed by one of the department’s female police officers.
According to the recent lawsuit that was settled, a female employee claimed that the officer made sexual comments and advances that were unwanted. The officer allegedly kissed the employee and hugged her. As part of the settlement, the city of Concord and the plaintiff have agreed not to disclose any details about the lawsuit. However, it was reported that the employee will receive $150,000 from the city.
Sexual harassment cannot always be prevented in the workplace, but employers can make sure to put an end to any inappropriate behavior that has been brought to the employer’s attention.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, “Concord agrees to pay $150K in sex harassment suit,” April 25, 2012