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UC employees, students allege harassment

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Employment laws in California aim to protect all workers and ensure that everyone is provided with a safe environment within which to work. This not only includes an environment safe from accidents but one also that is free of discrimination and harassment. Additionally, it is important for employers to treat all employees fairly and equally and to not give preferential treatment to those in positions of power.

Recent reports suggest that many employees at the University of California may have experienced discrimination, harassment or other forms of unfair treatment. Across the 10 campuses in the UC system, a total of 110 reports of sexual harassment or discrimination have been released. This initially raises concerns for the people who were potentially subjected to any harassing or discriminating behaviors. Sexual innuendos, exposure and even religious discrimination have all been involved in the accusations.

In addition, there may be concern that the people accused of the harassment or discrimination are not being treated equally. Those persons who are in academic positions, for example, may have their identities protected at least for now yet people in blue collar jobs, like janitors, are not receiving such protection.

When employees at any type of institution or business have concerns about the safety of their workplace or the level of fair treatment received, talking with an employment lawyer may be helpful. This can offer good insight into the laws and what is required of employers.

Source: The Mercury News, "Twenty-five UCLA employees identified in UC sexual harassment reports," Matthias Gaffne and Thomas Peele, March 3, 2017


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