It may be 70-plus degrees here in Los Angeles, but holiday office party season is coming up fast. The office parties we see on "Mad Men," where everyone is inebriated and engaging in unwise hook-ups right there in the offices are mostly gone. However, where there is alcohol and after-hours socializing, appropriate behavior and good sense still often fall by the wayside.
Two former California Department of Agriculture employees are suing Sacramento County for failing to handle their sexual harassment complaints against their boss. He is also named in the lawsuit.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Chief Deputy Director of State Hospitals Kathy Gaither, is being investigated for sexual harassment. Gaither has been on paid administrative leave from her job since July 15.
The former deputy chief of staff for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar has filed a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging workplace discrimination and sexual harassment against the councilman. The 33-year-old woman, who worked for Huizar from 2006 until April of this year, states in the complaint that she experienced gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation because she refused to have sex with the councilman.
Two former employees of the Merced County district attorney's office in Northern California have filed a civil lawsuit against the office and the county for sexual harassment and retaliation. A 41-year-old woman, who was an investigative assistant, and her then-boyfriend, a 35-year-old man who worked as a criminal investigator, claim their supervisor subjected them to sexual harassment. They contend that their supervisor had feelings for the woman and was jealous of the pair's relationship. They also accuse him of retaliating when they complained about his actions, and eventually terminating them.
When nationally-syndicated radio personality Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo abruptly left his popular show, "Piolin por la Manana," in July, fans in Los Angeles and around the country were left wondering what happened. Both Sotelo and his employer, the Spanish-language network Univision, issued brief public statements that gave no explanation. However, according to The Los Angeles Times the departure involves accusations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior towards members of his staff.
A Los Angeles appeals court has overturned portions of a ruling by a superior court judge in a sexual harassment case against a Century City law firm. The trial judge had dismissed the claims of a legal secretary who sued for sexual harassment, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation, and infliction of emotional distress.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), alleging sexual harassment of a male cook by a former co-worker.
San Diego, California, Mayor Bob Filner has responded to accusations of sexual harassment by current and former staff members by apologizing and acknowledging that he needs to change. In a video statement, the mayor said that he has failed to respect the women who work in his office, and admitted that he at times intimidated them.