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Don't underestimate the number of men who are sexually harassed

The #MeToo movement has reinvigorated the discussion about sexual harassment. It's in the forefront of the American consciousness perhaps like never before.

But there are still a significant number of largely invisible victims out there: men.

California firefighter files layered discrimination suit

A firefighter is suing Cal Fire because he claims that he was discriminated against both for his sexual orientation and his disability. The 38-year-old man says that the discrimination nearly drove him to suicide.

This comes on the heels of an internal investigation into one Cal Fire supervisor whose behavior was so unprofessional and extreme that it caused several firefighters to experience physical illness from stress. The department is also feeling the effects of a scandal at the firefighter academy and elsewhere and the subsequent development of a office of professional standards. The standards office is now charged with teaching employees how to conduct themselves properly.

What can you do to stop workplace sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment at work is actually everyone's problem -- not just management's and not just the victim's. When someone's being victimized, it can make the atmosphere at work toxic for all.

What, however, are you supposed to do about it?

Racial discrimination and the job application process

What's it like applying for a job when you aren't a white male?

It depends. First you have to get to an interview -- but that is far less likely to happen if you happen to have a name that doesn't "sound" white.

Sexual harassment is everyone's workplace problem

Sexual harassment has been in the news almost daily as of late, due to what seems like a ceaseless array of allegations coming out of Hollywood and the "Me Too" movement gaining force.

More than ever, people are starting to realize that sexual harassment in the workplace isn't just a woman's problem. It isn't even just the problem of the victims who've suffered actual harassment. It's a problem for everyone in the workplace, even you.

How do you document sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a significant problem. Thousands of incidents are reported every year, and many more incidents likely go undiscovered because the victims are afraid to speak out.

Who will believe them? How will they prove their case in court?

How to tell if you've been wrongfully fired from your job

If you were suddenly fired, it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether your termination was just unfair or outright illegal.

If it was illegal, you have the right to file a wrongful termination lawsuit. Here are some things you should know.

Facebook job ads raise specter of age discrimination

Could Facebook be helping companies participate in illegal hiring practices that involve obvious age discrimination?

It certainly seems that way. At least one expert in employment and discrimination law has called the move "blatantly unlawful."

Filing a sexual harassment claim? Employers must keep evidence

It's true that what's written down in a text or an email sometimes comes off sounding different than it was intended. You can't see the writer's facial expressions, hear his or her tone of voice or pick up on all the other micro-cues that determine how you interpret something in person.

However, you would think that employers would have already figured out that simply deleting those electronic communications is a move that's destined to fail -- at best.

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