Most people are aware that sexual harassment is both wrong and illegal. Unfortunately, it still sometimes exists in the workplace today. Also, sexual harassment is not the only form of illegal harassment. It is also unlawful to harass an employee based on the employee's race, gender, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Harassment in the workplace can take many forms. Inappropriate joking, touching, suggestive remarks, exposure to images, or physical interference with movement can all create a hostile working environment.
Many employers in California also have an affirmative obligation to train supervisors on sexual harassment prevention. When presented with an allegation of sexual harassment, an employer must conduct a reasonable investigation and take appropriate action. Additionally, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for reporting illegal harassment or for supporting another employee's report of harassment.