What is Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment?

“Hostile work environment” sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome advances, sexual innuendos, or offensive gender-related language that is sufficiently severe or pervasive from the perspective of a reasonable person of the same gender as the offended employee. Hostile work environment harassment requires, under the law, a link between the hostility by  Read More …

Common Mistakes of Sexual Harassment Victims

You know you’ve been harassed and it’s time to take action. Your next steps could have important consequences for your sexual harassment case. Educate yourself and preserve the integrity of your sexual harassment case. Click through the links below to our articles and videos detailing some of the common mistakes that sexual harassment victims make and  Read More …

What is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment?

“Quid pro quo” translates from Latin to English as “this for that.”  The basic idea is that of an exchange.  I do something for you, and you, in turn, do something for me.  You may have heard the saying, “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  This conveys the same underlying message, and it  Read More …

Sexual Harassment v. Gender Discrimination

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the United States Federal law in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) prohibit gender discrimination in the workplace and harassment based on the sex of an employee. Harassment is conduct that is not necessary for the performance of a supervisory job, but is instead outside  Read More …

Advice for Sexual Harassment Victims

Attorney Timothy Broderick shares advice for victims of sexual harassment.

Wrongful Termination Against Public Policy

Wrongful Termination Against Public Policy In California, it is unlawful for your employer to terminate you for a reason that is against public policy. Examples of reasons for termination that are against public policy is if your employer terminated you because of a protected characteristic, such as because of your sex, race, disability, religion, sexual  Read More …

When is Bullying at Work Illegal?

Bullying has been a hot-button topic in recent years, particularly school bullying, which has resulted in a number of tragic student suicides.  But long after leaving high school behind, many face bullying as adults, including bullying in the workplace, cyberbullying, and domestic violence. Bullying in the workplace can give rise to legal claims.  Workplace bullies  Read More …

Title IX Claims

Title IX Claims Have Strict Reporting Requirements Under Title IX, universities such as Stanford are obliged to implement policies that employees, including student staff, must report all Title IX related concerns so that notification ultimately is given to the Title IX coordinator. The Stanford policy says all Stanford University employees, including student staff, must report  Read More …

Eradication of Sexual Harassment – Lawyer Timothy Broderick

Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses Broderick Saleen Law Firm’s mission of eradicating sexual harassment in the workplace.

Employment Attorney Lists 11 Common Mistakes of Sexual Harassment Victims – Attorney Timothy Broderick

Sexual Harassment Lawyer Tim Broderick talks about the 11 common mistakes that sexual harassment victims often make.

A Victim’s Guide to Sexual Harassment for California – Attorney Timothy Broderick

Attorney Timothy Broderick discusses the book he wrote with law partner Katrina Saleen, A Victim’s Guide to Sexual Harassment for California.

When is it Sexual Harassment? | Lawyer Timothy Broderick

Lawyer Timothy Broderick discusses what workplace sexual harassment is.

Confidentiality for a Potential Title IX Claim is Not Guaranteed

By Timothy Broderick, Attorney at Broderick Saleen Law Firm If a victim of sexual harassment at a university such as Stanford requests confidentiality in making a report of sexual harassment, the university will give “serious consideration” to the request. The policy at Stanford is that only in rare circumstances will the university proceed to a  Read More …

Stanford Students Criticize University’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaints

A symposium at Stanford University recently focused on the complaints of the victims of sexual assault on university campuses. Victims claim that Stanford is more concerned about the rights and protection of the assaulting parties than it is for the victims of sexual assault on campus. At the symposium, Congresswoman Jackie Speire discussed her pending  Read More …

Duke Campus Sexual Assault Raises Issue of Due Process in Title IX Investigations

In the wake of widespread changes in U.S. college and university procedures regarding sexual assault, Duke University is the latest campus to face the legal challenge of handling an assault allegation. Lewis McLeod, 24, was expelled last spring for assaulting a freshman woman he had met at a bar. The woman claimed that she was  Read More …

Twitter is accused of gender discrimination

In the wake of the much-publicized Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial, the national spotlight is newly focused on the issue of gender discrimination and bias in the tech world. The latest big name tech company to be named in a suit is Twitter, which is facing a class action lawsuit for sexual discrimination. Former software  Read More …

Pregnancy discrimination case against AutoZone results in $185M verdict

Federal jury in San Diego awarded nearly $186 million in punitive damages to a store manager at AutoZone after finding that the company retaliated against the pregnant manager, in the end demoting her and firing her. Rosario Juarez, 43, was awarded about $873,000 in compensatory damages and $185 million in punitive damages report Reuters, the Wall Street  Read More …

EEOC’s New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines and Fair Employment: Know Your Rights

    Recently, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed article on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new guidelines to pregnancy discrimination laws. Suffice to say, the writer of said Wall Street Journal piece found little justification for the new legislation. Instead, he claimed that the new changes were simply another “radical legal interpretation” that  Read More …

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases New Federal Regulations Regarding Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published new federal regulations for workplace discrimination against pregnant workers. The newly expanded legislation delineates for the first time how the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to pregnant workers, specifying that any form of harassment or discrimination of pregnant workers by their employers is a form  Read More …

Bullying Guidelines Meet Measured Approval with Palo Alto School Board Members

According to the Palo Alto Weekly, after being put on notice by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in December 2012 for mishandling the bullying complaints of a disabled student, the Palo Alto School District has reached an agreement on a new policy that will address the resolution process for complaints  Read More …

White House Responds to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

On April 28, 2014, the Obama administration pledged to take actions to aid in the prevention and resolution of reports of sexual assaults and violence by students on college campuses across the country according to the Wall Street Journal. Spurred on by the protests and outcries of student activists, Obama created the White House Task  Read More …

Former San Diego Mayor Sued Again For Sexual Harassment

According to the Los Angeles Times, another sexual harassment lawsuit was filed this month against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.  Plaintiff Marilyn McGaughy alleges in the lawsuit that Filner kissed, massaged and groped her and made repeated sexual advances and sexual comments. Ms. McGaughy alleges Filner committed sexual harassment, sexual battery, and gender violence  Read More …

Court Upholds Large Attorneys’ Fees Award Against UPS in Gender Discrimination Case

In the case of Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Ninth Circuit District Court upheld an attorneys’ fees award of almost $700,000 against Defendant UPS.  UPS argued that such a large attorneys’ fees award was not fair in a case where the Plaintiff, Kim Muniz, was awarded $27,280 in damages at trial after the  Read More …

Congressional Bill Addresses Military Sexual Assault

On December 9, 2013, negotiators from the House of Representatives and Senate reached a compromise on a proposed bill to address the sexual harassment and assault of military personnel. Though the bill is a major step forward in the much sought after legislation, some proponents of the bill claim it doesn’t go far enough. Senator  Read More …

Women’s Organization Accused of Same-Sex Harassment

According to the New York Times, four women in New York are suing the National Association of Professional Women and three of its executives, alleging that the manager of the pro-women’s organization sexually harassed them by regularly “pinching and grabbing their buttocks and calling them vulgar names.” In addition, the women claim that their paychecks  Read More …

Emotional Distress Claims in Sexual Harassment Cases

Victims of sexual harassment often add a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress to their complaints. To support a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s conduct was so outrageous that it exceeded all bounds that are usually tolerated in a civilized community.  Severe emotional distress means  Read More …