After the start of the #metoo movement, many prominent people in the entertainment industry and politics in California have been accused of sexual harassment.
So, the fact that another elected official has been accused of sexual harassment is not surprising to many people. The mayor who was recently accused identifies as gay and represents West Hollywood. It is not the first time that he has been accused of harassment.
The councilman stated that his behavior was simply an expression of his sexuality and not harassment, but others do not feel that way. The individuals accusing him believe that there is no reason that he should not seek consent just like everyone else.
Others accused him of bringing behavior that may be acceptable in a club into a professional setting, and such behavior is unacceptable to be in that setting. There are multiple people on the council now asking for his resignation.
Sexual harassment can include any behavior that is offensive and of a sexual nature.
Behavior that may be acceptable outside of work is not acceptable in work, and people should not have to deal with it while they are trying to do their job. If people are subjected to sexual harassment at work, they may be entitled to compensation from the employer. This compensation can include many different damages, including emotional distress caused by the behavior.
The accusations above suggest that sexual harassment is still occurring in California despite all the attention brought to the issue through the #metoo movement. Therefore, there are still many victims. It is important that these victims are able to protect their rights and receive the compensation they deserve. Experienced attorneys understand employees’ rights and may be able to help protect them.