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.
The ex-secretary of a county sheriff has chosen to commence a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer. The woman has alleged in her complaint that the sheriff is guilty of creating a hostile work environment and of subjecting her to comments and gestures that constituted sexual harassment. Her lawsuit also alleges that the sheriff's behavior was motivated by his romantic interest in her. While this litigation is not taking place in Florida, situations like this also occur in this state, and they are highly inappropriate.
The company that created Archie comic books has been targeted in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the co-CEO of the company is guilty of sexual harassment and purposefully creating a hostile work environment filled with intimidation and inappropriate behavior. The comic book maker's editor in chief, in addition to six more employees, brought this lawsuit forward after a previous sexual harassment lawsuit was filed in July 2011. The previous lawsuit settled out of court but employees say that the inappropriate behavior continues to be a problem.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that a significant sexual harassment and retaliation case involving a former Florida vacation agency has come to a close. A federal jury ordered the agency--which had offices in Largo, Orlando and Lake Lauderdale--to pay more than $20 million to eight former employees.
School district administrators promised to investigate complaints against school principals who are allegedly harassing and intimidating Palm Beach County teachers. The teacher's union president told the school board during their regular meeting last month that the large amount of complaints regarding principals' behavior poses a threat to student achievement and creates a hostile work environment throughout the district
The congressional investigation into allegations that a Broward County U.S. Representative sexually harassed a member of his staff was recently extended.