Three female employees of SunTrust Banks, Inc., have agreed to a $300,000 sexual harassment settlement. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursued the sexual harassment claims against the bank on allegations that one of its managers in Sarasota repeatedly harassed three female employees. In one instance, the man was accused of trapping a young woman behind a counter.
Many Florida workers may not be aware of the full extent of their rights under the law. Nevertheless, powerful legislation exists that gives employees the right to pursue sexual harassment claims and other forms of workplace discrimination claims. That said, there is one group of workers in Florida that is grossly under protected when it comes to employment law: unpaid interns.
Three former employees of a medical doctor recently settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against their ex-employer. The settlement was reached only days prior to the beginning of the trial. In their case, the three women alleged that they were victimized by chronic sexual harassment by their employer -- both physically and verbally. The women's claims were filed out of state; however, cases such as this are a persistent problem in Florida and throughout the nation.