What Are Lawmakers Doing to Prevent Sexual Harassment?

Modesto Personal Injury Lawyers Escalon pic2As more and more sexual assault and harassment allegations come out involving embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, female politicians in California are joining forces to help make changes they hope will prevent sexual harassment.

How California Lawmakers Plan to Prevent Sexual Harassment

Per The Sacramento Bee, over 140 female lawmakers, lobbyists and political consultants released an open letter condemning California’s lack of checks and balances when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The letter calls on “good men” to believe sexual assault and harassment victims and have their backs in the fight to bring their abusers to justice.

Christine Pelosi, who is the chairwoman of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, is calling on the California Legislature to publicly disclose any sexual assault or harassment claims involving lawmakers. In addition, Pelosi would like to see an independent commission formed to investigate those claims.

The Modesto employment lawyers at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have been fighting for the rights of the victims and sexual harassment and abuse for years.

In a competitive wage market, many employers are already paying less than industry standards to their non-exempt employees. In this situation, you cannot afford to be taken advantage of. Both federal and state laws require employers to pay overtime rates.

Here in California, employers are required to pay overtime for any time worked that exceeds 8 hours in a workday. Workers are also entitled to overtime for anything over 40 hours in a work week. It can be confusing because wage disputes of this nature are based on many factors such as municipal codes, state statutes, federal acts, case-law decisions, industry-specific, and job-specific regulations. There are even different rules for public sector and private sector jobs. In California, you may be required to file a complaint with one or more government agencies. (more…)