Employees expect that they will be treated fairly by their employer. Unfortunately, that is not always what happens. Some employers will treat certain employees in ways that they do not deserve, simply because they are of a different gender, sexual orientation, religion or part of another protected class. Workplace discrimination laws exist to protect employees in those classes and to provide them with a path for legal recourse. A video game publisher, Riot Games, is contending with those issues as the company faces a civil lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Sexual harassment is a nation-wide problem. Ever since the #MeToo movement, the news is rife with examples of both women and men being harassed by people in positions of power. Sexual harassment anywhere is unacceptable, but it is particularly hurtful within the workplace. Unfortunately, a recent study says California has higher rates sexual harassment than the rest of the nation. Experts have a few theories regarding this finding.