With the allegations of sexual harassment incidents among prominent people in Los Angeles and throughout the nation on the rise, more people are feeling emboldened to complain about the violations of employment law happening to them. Because of the growing problem, the Los Angeles City Council is reviewing its policies as to how this is reported by alleged victims who work for the city. While this can be useful to put a stop to this behavior, those who have faced violations should remember their rights to a legal filing to be compensated.
Given the number of people who work in the area, there are numerous allegations as to illegal treatment that are not limited to sexual harassment. Age discrimination, discrimination over sexual orientation and more are some of the accusations that take place. Although there was a rise in complaints in recent years, the increase in high-profile people who are accused has apparently sparked more people to take the initiative and report illegal behaviors. From July onward, there were more than 3,000 assertions of various violations.
In 2011, what is known as a "policy of equity" came into effect to include sexual harassment among protections that workers are accorded. The county has received more than 27,000 complaints about violations since then. Policies regarding sexual harassment are being reviewed to be friendlier to alleged victims. Because the county has an estimated 110,000 people employed and a budget of approximately $30 billion, the sheer numbers make it likely that there will be a variety of complaints linked to workplace violations.
Reports from people who work for the city or any government entity being subjected to harassment is growing. With that, the problem is being discussed and reported with greater frequency. While these entities are taking steps to deal with it, that does not mean that the victims are compensated fairly. A legal professional can help to ensure that the victim gets the justice he or she deserves. Calling a lawyer experienced in employment law is crucial toward that end.
Source: scpr.org, "LA County employee complaints rise in wake of attention to sexual harassment charges," Mary Plummer, Nov. 17, 2017