No matter what big business says, many workers know that sexual misconduct in the workplace is still widespread in California. What’s more, some companies remain quite adept in attempting to cover up what happens on their premises and off when employees are involved.
Unwanted romantic advances are common
A recent lawsuit filed against the multinational investment bank and financial services company Goldman Saches alleges that at least one male boss used his position of power to prey upon a female subordinate. A confidant of the victim attempted to speak up to superiors about the alleged incidents but was fired after a decade of exemplary service to the company, a move which has the potential to be a violation of employment law – employees.
In response to the lawsuit, Goldman Sachs hired a defense team whose goal was to quickly dismiss the allegations and sweep them under the carpet. An internal company investigation said the allegations were without merit. In the meantime, the former Goldman Sachs general legal counsel who filed the lawsuit against the company was offered a job at another location, a move that she refused.
What this lawsuit means for employees
In short, sexual harassment is alive and well in the workplace. Whether you’re working at a small firm or a large corporation, male or female, or a member of the LGBTQ community, you’re not immune. Sexual harassment in the form of unwanted advances is a violation of employment law – employees. If you believe you have experienced sexual harassment that violates employment law, talking to an attorney experienced in the field can determine if you have a case.