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Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Bullying
Employment Law in California

Archives for August 2015

Rumors Can Be Both Sexual Harassment and Defamation

Sexual rumors about an employee in the workplace can support causes of action for both sexual harassment and defamation. Defamation requires a false statement that damages the reputation of the subject person. Sexual harassment in the workplace can include the spreading of false rumors about the sexual activity of an employee. In order to qualify… [read more]

When is “consent” not consent?

In sexual harassment cases, the accuser must prove that the alleged harasser made “unwanted” sexual advances or engaged in other unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature”. (These words come from the California jury instructions, CACI; see for example CACI Instruction 2524 Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment.) In the sexual harassment jury instructions,… [read more]