It may seem like people who work in show business aren't subject to the same laws requiring workplace behavior as those of us who work in offices, factories and other more traditional workplaces. However, that's not true. Everyone should be able to feel safe from abuse and harassment in any workplace. If they don't, they have a right to take action.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment at work, you have two options. Take immediate action to protect yourself and your legal rights, or hope that the person stops without being pressed to do so.
Sexual harassment at work is still very common, despite all the progress that women have made in the workforce. If it's happening to you, the best way to stand up for your rights and put a stop to the behavior is to report the issue to your human resources department.
The attorney for two American Airlines flight attendants who are suing the airline for sexual harassment says that they will appeal the dismissal of their cases by a district court judge. Both women say that some male flight attendants posted insulting, sexist messages and photos aimed at them in a Facebook group for flight attendants employed by that airline. The two women originally brought their cases separately last year, but they were eventually consolidated.
Life is full of teachable moments. That's the idea behind one theory regarding handling sexual harassment in the workplace.
If there's anything that America has learned in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations that started in Hollywood and spread to almost every other industry in the nation, it's that sexual harassment at work is definitely not a thing of the past.
What exactly is sexual harassment?
Most people know that when they're sexually harassed at work by a co-worker or boss that there are ways to hold those people accountable for their actions. What do you do, though, when the person that sexually harasses you at work happens to be a paying customer or client?
Most all of us at some point in our careers have felt like we were in a hostile work environment. Unfair bosses who are quick to blame but rarely compliment employees exist in almost every company. So do colleagues who don't seem to have gotten all of their junior high bullying out of their systems.
Sexual harassment is a problem no matter where it occurs. When it happens at work, however, it affects not only your emotional and physical well-being but your livelihood.