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Google Employees Walk Out Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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CA labor lawyerSexual harassment has been a long-standing problem in the workforce. While federal and state employment laws are in place to protect victims against discriminatory actions, the #MeToo movement has helped to call attention to the ongoing problem. In Santa Clara County and throughout the country, Google is the most recent target of employee protests over the issue.

Golden Parachute for Accused Executive Spurs Backlash

On November 1, 2018, Google employees across the nation walked off their jobs in anger over how sexual misconduct claims are being handled by the company. In Mountain View alone, roughly 2,000 men and women took part in the walkout, which resulted from what they claim is an attempt to silence and downplay abuses of power.

The walkout centered around revelations that the tech giant had provided a ‘golden parachute’ for a top-level executive accused of engaging in sexual misconduct. The executive, who is credited as being the father of the Android system, was forced to resign due to the allegations, but employees were outraged when reports surfaced that he had been provided with a $90 million severance package. The executive is one of three executives that protestors claim the company is protecting against repercussions due to similar claims. They demand greater accountability and that more actions be taken to defend workers against these types of abusers.

Legal Protections Against Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of employee discrimination, which is protected under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). It prohibits employers with five or more employees from engaging in discriminatory hiring practices or taking actions against employees who assert their rights in the matter. It also requires those employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment training to supervisory employees.

Employees are also protected against sexual harassment on the job through the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite these regulations, violations have continued to be rampant, particularly in male-dominated fields. The recent #MeToo movement is credited with encouraging more people to speak up.

If you face sexual harassment on the job, it is important to be aware that you do have legal recourse. As experienced employment law attorneys, we may be able to assist you in filing a claim against your employer, seeking reinstatement of your job if you have been fired, along with compensation for the various damages you suffer. Harassment may consist of:

  • Sexually charged comments and gestures;
  • Inappropriate touching and invading personal space;
  • Pressuring for dates or to meet you outside the office;
  • Offering promotions or other incentives in exchange for sexual favors;
  • Firing, demoting, or taking other negative actions against employees who fail to comply with their wishes.

Let Us Help You Today

Being sexually harassed on the job can leave you feeling both angry and powerless. At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we fight for your rights while providing the aggressive legal representation needed to hold those at fault accountable. Contact our skilled San Jose employment law attorneys by calling 408-246-5500 today and request a confidential consultation to see how we can assist you.

 

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/11/01/google-employees-walk-out-over-handling-of-sexual-harassment/

https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm

https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/employment/

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