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CA sexual harassment lawyerSexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that still takes place today. According to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, 554 complaints were filed concerning sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016. Often, sexual harassment is a way that people discriminate against sex or gender, but it can also be used to discriminate against gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Employers have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and to appropriately respond to harassment allegations. It is important for employees to know their rights when it comes to harassment.

Legal Definitions of Sexual Harassment

In the state of California, sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual advances, or unwanted visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment.

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CA injury attorneyIn recent months, Uber, a popular ride-sharing service, has been under fire for multiple issues surrounding sexual harassment, including multiple Uber drivers being accused of sexual assault or abuse and Uber changing their policy regarding sexual harassment to not require victims to settle disputes through arbitration. Now, a former Uber employee has filed a lawsuit against the company for sexual harassment, sexual and racial discrimination and retaliation.

The Case

A former Uber software engineer has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court stating that she faced “a male-dominated work culture, permeated with degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory and sexually harassing conduct toward women.” The suit also cites events such as a male employee making public degrading statements about women. The same employee also spread a false rumor about her sleeping with someone in the company.

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