Here in South Florida, most people know that sexual harassment is illegal. In the workplace, if an employee is being harassed by a co-worker or his or her boss, that employee should be able to put a stop to it by complaining to a person of authority, such as a supervisor, human resources department, or even police or employment law attorneys in some cases. However, many people do not realize that protections also exist to prevent workers from being harassed by third-parties in the workplace.
The Miami District of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported receiving their highest level of discrimination charges ever in 2011. South Florida workers filed 5,263 charges of discrimination, up from 5,077 in the previous year.
Of the record 99,947 complaints the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received in 2011, nearly 40 percent pertained to retaliation. Discrimination on the basis of race and sex were second and third.