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Restaurant workers are frequently subjected to sexual harassment

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California has countless restaurants that cater to millions of residents and tourists. Behind the glamorous façade is an unfortunate side for many of the servers working in the restaurant industry. At the Law Offices of Mauro Fiore, Jr., we are aware of the conditions that you might face if you work in a restaurant. Sexual harassment is a problem that is particularly prevalent in the industry.

According to USA Today, sexual harassment is reported more often than any other type of adverse work condition in the restaurant industry. The workers' rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center reports that up to 90 percent of female servers said they had been subjected to some form of sexual harassment at work. If you are being sexually harassed, you might have to put up with unwanted advances, physical contact and other behavior. You might be made to feel by a superior that you have to accept the behavior as a condition of your job, or risk being fired or disciplined. If unwanted behavior of a sexual or romantic nature negatively affects your work performance and makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable, a court could find it to be unlawful sexual harassment, enabling you to claim compensation.

These situations occur more often than you may imagine. As many as two-thirds of female servers say they were sexually harassed by their managers at least once a month, and a third claim that they are regularly harassed by customers. Male servers, as well, may be sexually harassed by their superiors, co-workers or customers.

You may learn more about hostile work environments by visiting our page on sexual harassment.

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