- Written by Jizell Lopez
This year, sexual harassment in the workplace has been a hot topic in the news, inciting animated discussion about the role companies are playing in preventing or fostering workplace harassment and whether or not companies are taking appropriate action when claims of harassment are made by employees. In some of the instances where women have brought claims of harassment against high-profile men in politics, media, and entertainment, the women were required to sign agreements with their employers to keep work-related legal claims in arbitration.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would ban pre-dispute arbitration agreements of sexual misconduct claims. The bipartisan bills would allow those who allege sexual harassment or gender discrimination in the workplace to take their claims to court rather than mandatory arbitration, even if the employee had previously signed an arbitration agreement.
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
As 2017 quickly draws to a close, it is important for employers to review new laws that will be implemented January 1, 2018 and ensure their company is in compliance.
Starting in 2018, as a result of Senate Bill 396, employers must display a poster about transgender rights in the workplace, available here in English, and here in Spanish. The poster is required to be posted in a prominent and accessible location in the workplace. If ten (10) percent or more of a company’s workforce speaks a language other than English, the DFEH posters must also be displayed in that language.