Sexual Harassment by the Same Sex

California law protects employees from sexual harassment by co-workers of the same sex. Cal. Gov. C. §12940(j)(1). This form of sexual harassment can happen to both employees who are attracted to the same sex and those who are attracted to the opposite sex. Regardless of one’s sexual orientation California law prohibits sexual harassment.

An example: A homosexual female supervisor begins to ask a female co-worker questions about her sexuality and sex life. The female employee tells the supervisor that she is homosexual as well. Once the female supervisor finds this out, she begins to schedule the female co-worker’s shifts according to her own schedule. The female co-worker realizes what is happening and tells the supervisor that she is not interested in any type of relationship. The supervisor does not give up. After a few more failed attempts, the supervisor threatens the female co-worker. She tells the female co-worker that if she does not want her hours to be cut, then she needs to go out with her. If you are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation, contact our office.

Another example: A homosexual employee begins to work for a homosexual male manager. Just a few days after he begins to work there, the supervisor tells the employee that they will be going for lunch the next day so that they can get to know each other better. He tells him that this is something that he does with all of his new employees. During their lunch, the supervisor tells the male employee that he really likes him and that he is just his type. The new employee immediately tells him that he does not want to get involved with anyone at work because those relationships never end well. The supervisor then says to him that he should really think about it because he could move up in the company a lot faster if they dated. If you are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation, contact our office.

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