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March 2018 Archives

Allegations of sexual harassment against Panthers owner

Florida fans of the Carolina Panthers may be aware that the team's owner, 81-year-old Jerry Richardson, faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment, according to an article that appeared in Sports Illustrated. Richardson has reached past settlements on these charges as well as for a racial slur he used with an African-American employee.

Microsoft defends record on sexual harassment

Sexual harassment continues to be a major concern for many Florida workers, whether their jobs are in customer service, office management or tech development. Some have claimed that tech giant Microsoft, the maker of the Windows operating system, has treated female workers improperly and failed to provide a proper response to workplace harassment reports. One senior executive responded to these claims by saying the corporation consistently investigates all harassment reports and that about 20 staff members were fired in 2017 over related complaints.

Are you misclassified as an independent contractor?

Are you working as an independent contractor? If so, you may enjoy a certain amount of flexibility. However, the company you work for may be cheating you out of your rightful wages by misclassifying you. Many so-called independent contractors should actually be employees.

Sexual harassment rates decline in an uneven manner

Since 1997, the number of reported incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace has fallen more than 40 percent. In 1997, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 16,000 sexual harassment complaints compared to 9,600 in 2017. This is attributed to better training as well as the increase in female managers. However, this trend does not necessarily apply to everyone in Florida and throughout the United States.

LGBTQ workplace rights win in 2 federal appeals court decisions

Supporters of rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people in Florida got good news from two recent cases concerning workplace discrimination. Both rulings disallowed discrimination against transgender or gay people at their jobs on the basis of religious faith. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 8th Circuits applied the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act so that it protected people perceived by employers to not meet gender stereotypes.

Why workers often do not report harassment

Many employees in Florida who face harassment at work might not report that harassment. According to a study by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016, the reason that around 90 percent of workers who are harassed do not report it is for fear they will not be believed, nothing will be done, or they will face retaliation.

Subtle forms of racial discrimination in the workplace

Racial discrimination in the workplace is not always obvious. Outright racial slurs and violence are often extreme forms. Most of the time, the behaviors are less noticeable or provable. Some employers and coworkers use tactics that they think will keep them out of trouble. Other times, they are unaware that their words and actions are not only wrong but also illegal.

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