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Sexual harassment based on sexual orientation persists in Florida

Many workers in Florida must face sexual harassment every single day that they go to work. However, some demographics of workers are far more vulnerable than others. Gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers, for example, are much more likely to be discriminated against than other individuals. In fact, some members of the LGBT community feel that they are literally asking for sexual harassment if they come out in the open with their sexuality.

Federal law may not protect interns from sexual harassment

Many businesses take advantage of using unpaid interns. In exchange for their work, the interns receive experience, industry connections, and just might land a job at the company after completing the internship. Just like any other kind of employee at a Florida business, an intern may be subjected to sexual harassment. However, interns must know that laws protecting paid employees from sexual harassment may protect unpaid interns.

Teacher sues school board on claims of racial discrimination

Racial discrimination in employment is prohibited by federal and state laws. Primarily, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. In a neighbor-state to Florida, a black school teacher has sued the county school board on a claim of racial discrimination that led to her demotion and lack of advancement. It's not specifically reported but presumably the case was filed in a federal district court.

Florida matchmaking company to pay $900k for sex discrimination

When a Florida job applicant wishes to gain employment, and he or she is discriminated against because of his or her sex, it could be an instance of sex discrimination. Sex discrimination often goes unreported and unnoticed, and sometimes it takes a well-thought out legal strategy to be successful in such a claim before a Florida court. Other times, a monetary settlement that satisfies both parties involved in the litigation can be arranged prior to trial.

Florida residents learn of 8-year sexual discrimination case

Most Florida employees are familiar with the basics of what constitutes sexual discrimination. Inappropriate sexual discrimination in Florida may include comments meant to degrade a person because of his or her sex. It could also include certain forms of sexual harassment or preference of one sex over the other when awarding bonuses, raises and promotions, among other forms of discrimination.

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