What is Sexual Harassment?

What is Sexual Harassment?
by Sue Bradford
What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination. It may include the unwelcome behavior of a supervisor, co-worker, or third party. It covers male-to-female, female-to-male, male-to-male, and female-to-female actions. Sexual harassment may occur verbally, physically, or visually.

The right to a sexual harassment-free work environment is protected by federal and state law.

There are three categories of sexual harassment. As a supervisor you need to know sexual harassment not only encompasses your employees but also non-employees, such as independent contractors and professional relationships. Harassing individuals are not limited to employees; they may be outside third parties. The victim need not even be the person harassed but can include anyone affected by the offensive behavior.

TD Caps & Exceptions: "A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma"

TD Caps & Exceptions: "A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma"
by Donald R. Barthel, Esq.
Almost immediately after the passage of SB 899 (4/19/04), the "TD cap" language found in Labor Code §4656(c) became the subject of vigorous dispute and rancor. Labor Code §4656(c), provides:
  • Aggregate disability payments for a single injury occurring on or after the effective date of this subdivision, causing temporary disability shall not extend for more than 104 compensable weeks within a period of two years from the date of commencement of temporary disability payment.
  • Notwithstanding paragraph (1), for an employee who suffers from the following injuries or conditions, aggregate disability payments for a single injury occurring on or after the effective date of this subdivision, causing temporary disability shall not extend for more than 240 compensable weeks within a period of five years from the date of the injury:
    • Acute and chronic hepatitis B
    • Acute and chronic hepatitis C
    • Amputations
    • Severe burns
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
    • High-velocity eye injuries
    • Chemical burns to the eyes
    • Pulmonary fibrosis
    • Chronic lung disease