Sexual Harassment

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Union employees often have a grievance procedure that includes the right to a Skelly hearing before disciplined or termination. DFEH is responsible for investigating claims of sexual harassment, but sometimes the complaint gets stuck

Tina was sexually harassed and discriminated against at work. She complained to management and then to her union. She followed the rules and filled out forms. Then management fired her.  She filed a complaint with the California Fair Employment and Housing Administration (FEHA).  She filled out more forms and went to meetings, talked with investigators and did everything she was told to do.  Almost a year passed with nothing but delay. Then FEHA said that it found no probable cause of discrimination or harassment. The union wasn't helping. Tina had spent hundreds of hours doing what everyone told her to do to resolve the claim with no progress. Then she hired Sean and he carefully investigated the case to get the important facts. He filed a civil lawsuit and negotiated with Tina's employer over a period of about two months. Ultimately Sean got Tina reinstated to a better job and a good (but confidential) monetary settlement.

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