Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

New California Employment Law Requires Mandatory Anti-Bullying Training

California employers with 50 or more employees are legally required by Government Code Section 12950.1 to provide at least two hours of interactive training and education regarding the prevention of sexual harassment to all supervisory employees within six months of … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment Claims Against Former Mayor Bob Filner Settle for $250,000

The L.A. Times has reported that city officials announced yesterday the approval of a $250,000 settlement of sexual harassment claims brought by Irene McCormack Jackson against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.  According to the Times, Jackson alleged in the … Continue reading

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Sexual Harassment at Work Remains Alive, Well, and Expensive: Court Affirms $830,000 Award to Plaintiff in Same-Sex Harassment Case

We no longer live in a Mad Men era, but sexual harassment in the workplace remains very much alive and well–and, based on recent jury verdicts, expensive.  (See here [“California Appellate Court Approves Nearly $2.25 Million Jury Verdict in Sexual … Continue reading

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New California Law Confirms That “Sexual Desire” is Not an Element of a Sexual Harassment Claim

Governor Brown on Monday signed into law a new bill stating that the plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit need not prove that the sexually harassing conduct was “motivated by sexual desire.” The law, Senate Bill 292, is a reaction … Continue reading

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Employees Can Be Fired for Being Too Sexy, says the Iowa Supreme Court

Although this blog’s focus is on California law, we could not pass up writing about this outrageous and terrible decision coming out of Iowa’s Supreme Court, which held in a 7-0 opinion that bosses in Iowa can fire female employees … Continue reading

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California Appellate Court Approves Nearly $2.25 Million Jury Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case

In an unpublished opinion, Moran v. Qwest Communs. Int’l, 2012 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 6269 (Aug. 27, 2012), the California Court of Appeal approved a nearly $2.25 million jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, finding the defendants—plaintiff’s employer, Qwest … Continue reading

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Stunning $167 Million Verdict to Plaintiff Alleging Sexual Harassment and Retaliation by Her Employer

A Sacramento jury in federal court has awarded more than $167 million to Ani Chopourian, who alleged that her former employer, Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West), sexually harassed her and illegally retaliated against her for repeatedly complaining … Continue reading

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Court Reverses Jury Verdict and Finds Company Liable for Failing to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In Turman v. Turning Point of Central California, Inc., 191 Cal. App. 4th 53 (2010), the Court reversed a jury verdict in favor of the defendant on plaintiff’s claim that the defendant failed to take reasonable measures to prevent sexual … Continue reading

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