Sexual harassment occurs in the workplace at a higher level than most people want to admit. An allegation of sexual harassment can have devastating consequences for your business and your profit margins. Employers need to be proactive in dealing with this problem.
One of the more distressing realities is that despite all the progress that has been made in protecting workers in today's workplace, many women are still subjected to repeated instances of sexual harassment by co-workers or even supervisors. Compounding this problem further is that they may feel as if they have no options or would lose their job if they complained to higher-ups.
In our post last week, we discussed how important it is for people to understand that sexual harassment isn't just confined to certain industries, but rather can occur in virtually any job setting.
When it comes to sexual harassment, many people assume that it is typically confined to certain types of job sites, such as construction yards, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and other places that have traditionally had a predominantly male workforce.
If you have a general understanding of employment law, then you know that there are state and federal laws in place that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Despite this fact, and the harsh penalties that oftentimes are associated with a sexual harassment claim, there are people here in Florida, as well as across the nation, who continue to violate this law by saying inappropriate things to their coworkers or making unwanted sexual advances.
A few weeks ago, our blog discussed how those employees who are victimized by sexual harassment do have options for seeking justice. In today's post, we'll expand this discussion by taking a closer look at sexual harassment itself, namely the two forms of this conduct that are expressly prohibited by both federal and state law.
Thanks to the large population, temperate weather conditions and thriving tourism, the restaurant industry here in Florida has always enjoyed considerable success. As such, many men and women of all ages choose to make their living as servers, cooks, hosts and managers at both chain restaurants and independently owned establishments.
When an employer is guilty of wrongdoing against an employee it may be necessary for the worker to take legal action to protect his or her rights under employment laws. Many times this will require significant litigation in court in Florida or in any other state. However, three former employees of venture capital firm CMEA seem to have avoided the need for going to court in their sexual harassment case.
A Florida woman has brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville. The sexual harassment lawsuit complains about sexually explicit materials and pornography at a particular Florida fire station. In the lawsuit, the woman says that she was subjected to continued disparate treatment in addition to sexual harassment and retaliation because she was female.
A former employee of Yahoo has accused her manager of sexually harassing her. The woman says that her female supervisor coerced her into performing oral sex acts on her with the promise of helping her to get ahead at work. The manager also told the woman to move into Yahoo housing, where she could spend the night at her living quarters with her. The sexual harassment got so bad that, in some contexts, it could be classified as sexual assault.