Summary: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit all harassing conduct. Rather, the harassing conduct must be “because of” sex. A recent decision by a federal appeals court provides employers with an opportunity to reflect on the difficulty of handling sexual rumors in the workplace, particularly in the context of differing judicial interpretations on what conduct is “because of” sex.
Summary: There are a number of changes for California employers of all sizes in employment and labor law, as well as human resources compliance. Employers should review these new obligations, set a plan for compliance, and prepare for enforcement of these new requirements.