Sexual favoritism is type of sexual harassment and prejudice that is not legal in the state of California. This situation occurs when a boss is having a sexual relationship with another worker and he/she (the supervisor) shows preference in the direction of that employee such as promoting the worker before other more qualified workers. Having sex with the managers or supervisors is interpreted by the rest of the employees as the only way to get a promotion or extra benefits. Some time ago, the California Supreme Court resolved that when this problem is present in a workplace, it creates a hostile workplace environment and may be qualified for a lawsuit.
This means that if you did not get the well deserved promotion or other benefits because it was give to another worker who was in a sexual relationship with the boss, you can make a claim against your superiors. If this does not work, you can make a legal claim against this crisis. Some people think that this situation is not very common, but unfortunately, it is. Many qualified workers miss very good advancement opportunities in their jobs because of this. Just as an example was this past July 18th, 2005 when the California Supreme Court lined that a boss who is having sex with another employee and privileges him/her with unmerited promotions could be denounced by other employees.
People also think that this situation occurs just with women, but it also happens regularly with men. If you or someone you know is being or has been a victim of this situation, you may qualify for a legal action; contact your lawyer and ask him/her about the possibilities you have.