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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.

One woman has created a very personal video detailing her experience of being the victim of sexual harassment at work after she disclosed that she was a bisexual. Even her supervisor told her that her disclosure about being a bisexual was, in so many words, asking for jokes about her sexuality from co-workers. The woman in the video mentions how unfair it is that people like her must make a choice between safety and visibility. She says its unjust that many people must decide between employment and being honest about their identity.

LGBT workers who are suffering from sexual harassment have three primary options available to them. First, they can put up with offensive comments and harassment. Second, they can quit their job and lose their source of income. Third, they can continue to work at the risk of being fired because of their sexual orientation. Clearly, none of these options are good.

Sexual harassment against workers who are LGBT is continuous and it can prevent certain Florida residents from being able to thrive in a nurturing and supportive workplace. Anyone who feels they are the victims of workplace sexual harassment can investigate their ability to file a legal action to seek justice. Compensation received from sexual harassment claims can include money for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

Source: sdgln.com, Workplace discrimination: A bisexual worker's story, Preston Mitchum, Aug. 27, 2013

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