The holidays are here. While this should be a festive and enjoyable time, there are some issues that can arise for employers during the holidays. These issues could be as minor as workers getting distracted by online shopping, or they could become quite serious.
In recent months and years, countless stories have emerged that paint a troubling picture of the extent to which people -- often women -- experience harassment in the workplace. In response, many employers have been revising their sexual harassment policies and ramping up their efforts to respond appropriately to complaints.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is currently a hot-button issue spanning all industries, from entertainment and politics to technology and medicine. Many companies are seeing increases in harassment reporting and lawsuits as a result of movements like #MeToo, which is why it is critical for all Texas employers to understand how to respond to complaints responsibly.
Jobs in the service industries can be particularly challenging. Nevertheless, flight attendants would seem to have it worse than most. Not only do they work in close quarters with customers, there is a long tradition of objectifying or sexualizing the flight attendant.
The Wall Street Journal recently reminded us that sexual harassment has been just as prevalent in smaller companies as larger ones. The #metoo movement has or should impact any business and force it to evaluate its current policies.
The wave of sexual harassment accusations in Texas and the rest of the country has raised numerous challenges. Legislators have been pressured to enact legislation targeting workplace discrimination. Employers have reexamined their workplace policies regarding sexual harassment. And everyday employees are speaking out in defense of female colleagues who have been harassed.
Mandatory arbitration in workplace sexual harassment cases may soon be a thing of the past. The attorneys general of every state in the nation have joined together, urging Congress to prohibit forced arbitration. The bipartisan group--which includes Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton--is encouraging legislation that would allow victims to take their harassment claims to court.
In the wake of numerous scandals, sexual harassment is on every employer's mind. From celebrities to politicians to heads of business, it seems that no one is exempt from accusations of sexual harassment. One thing that is notable about some of the accusers' allegations is that they occurred years, or even decades, before they were reported.
Sexual harassment has been a massive topic in the news lately. It has been a critical issue in the world of employment law for ages, but the Harvey Weinstein case has opened up the collective eyes of our society to the scary nature of this problem. As such, both employees and employers need to be cognizant of sexual harassment and how to not only prevent it from happening in the first place but also how to proceed when a legal case is made out of sexual harassment allegations.
While known for cutting-edge technology, Silicon Valley is also famous for an old-school approach to corporate governance. A growing number of prominent male executives have faced accusations in recent years. Many resigned over allegations of sexist, hostile and predatory behavior directed at female contemporaries and employees.