Google employees walked out of work this past week to protest claims of
sexual misconduct and harassment. They were part of an organized walkout
at Google facilities across the world in response to a $90 million exit
package given to the Android Software creator without disclosing it was
due to an employee’s accusation of sexual harassment. A handful
of Atlanta employees also shared stories of alleged harassment at Google.
According to Google's CEO, in the last two years 48 people have been
fired for sexual harassment without receiving exit packages.
The Me-Too movement has brought to light the prevalence of work-place sexual
harassment. While many employers have implemented programs to address
sexual harassment and reduce its occurrence, many employees still report
inappropriate workplace conduct.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Law of 1964 prohibits sexual discrimination
at work. Courts have interpreted sexual discrimination to include sexual
harassment. What constitutes sexual harassment is not clearly defined
– it is determines on a case-by-case basis. A single instance of
name calling, a request for a date, or a leering look is likely insufficient
to constitute “sexual harassment.” However, you may have a
strong case of sexual harassment if you are able to show that you have
been subjected to unwelcome conduct that creates a hostile environment,
and this conduct is sufficiently severe and pervasive to alter the terms
and conditions of your employment.
If you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment at work it
is important to consult with an experienced Atlanta sexual harassment
attorney immediately to determine your rights.
For more information, please contact the dedicated
Atlanta employment law attorneys at Buckley Beal, LLP for an immediate consultation.