Even if a manager says or does something incredibly stupid, you have a chance to fix the situation and avoid losing a sexual harassment lawsuit. That’s true even under California’s strict rules.
Courts focus on whether the conduct the employee objects to created a hostile work environment that was pervasive or severe. Factors courts consider include timing, frequency and the context of the conduct.
Don’t wait to respond to a complaint. When you act, act decisively.
Recent case: Stephanie Brennan worked for an advertising agency for 14 years before quitting because of what she called sexual harassment. However, her tenure was marked by a close relationship with both owners, a husband and wife. She admitted that she often discussed personal topics with the husband, including describing some aspects of her sex life.
Brennan didn’t raise sexual harassment until someone forwarded her an email sent by a manager. The message disc...(register to read more)