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Employees have the right to work in a harassment-free environment

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of forms. The thread that binds them together is that all instances of sexual harassment involve some sort of sexually-related actions. Last week, we discussed the fact that transgender people are being subjected to sexual harassment. This is something that is unacceptable in all cases. We don't want any of our California neighbors to deal with unwanted sexual harassment.

Think about the media uproar when Bruce Jenner appeared as Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. Many people were supportive of Jenner living life as Caitlyn. Other people, however, were horrified that a respected former Olympian would desire to live life as a woman. Regardless of which side a person is on, it is vital that they respect Caitlyn Jenner as a person if they were to work with her.

As more people become comfortable with living a transgender life, it is vital that employers understand the rights of all employees. Until employers take a stand and forbid any form of sexual harassment, even if it is based on sexual preferences or gender identity, employees will have to be aware of their rights. We want you to know that you don't have to deal with comments, gestures, jokes, or physical contact that has sexual overtures.

Any employee, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to work in a harassment-free environment. If you are being subjected to sexual harassment, such as quid pro quo sexual harassment, you should learn about your options to take a stand against those types of actions. We can help you to learn about your options to stop the harassment.

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