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Chapter Abstracts from A Victim’s Guide To Sexual Harassment.

What a Sexual Harassment Victim Can Do
We discuss 6 things a sexual harassment victim can do to help stop the harasser.

It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against a sexual harassment or discrimination victim for filing a charge with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, participating in a sexual harassment investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices.

Difference between Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Many people do not realize the differences between gender discrimination and sexual harassment. We discuss the difference between the two here.

Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
“Quid pro quo” translates from Latin to English as “this for that.” The basic idea is that of an exchange. I do something for you, and you, in turn, do something for me. You may have heard the saying, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” This conveys the same underlying message, and it is what is at the heart of quid pro quo sexual harassment claims.

Pregnancy Discrimination
Here we discuss the applicable laws behind pregnancy discrimination in California.

Statute of Limitations and Administrative Process
The statute of limitations and administrative process behind filing a sexual harassment claim can be complicated. In this section, we describe how long a victim has to file a claim and the process behind filing a claim with either the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Hostile Work Environment
In this section we describe what constitutes a hostile work environment. "Hostile work environment" sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome advances, sexual innuendos, or offensive gender-related language that is sufficiently severe or pervasive from the perspective of a reasonable person of the same gender as the offended employee.

Difference between Consent and Willingness
In order to prove a case of sexual harassment, whether quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment, the plaintiff must show that the harasser’s conduct was unwanted. It is important to understand that even if a victim’s sexual conduct was voluntary, this does not mean that the sexual advances were welcome or wanted.

See Our Cases In Point
Our Cases In Point give you specific examples of real sexual harassment cases, and show you what types of conduct the courts have found to be sufficient and not sufficient to constitute sexual harassment in California.

The TV Show “Friends” Case
In a case against writers of the TV show Friends, the California Supreme Court discusses the severe or pervasive standard in Sexual Harassment.

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