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April 2018 Archives

Some workers are not protected against sexual harassment

Some people in Florida may assume that all employees throughout the country are protected against sexual harassment by federal law, but this is not the case. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only applies to employers who have at least 15 employees.

More sexual harassment cases may be going to arbitration

The incidence of reported sexual harassment has dropped in Florida over the last 20 years as it has in every state. Throughout the country in 2017, there were just a little more than 9,600 sexual harassment complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1997, the figure was 16,000. However, experts say this does not necessarily mean that there is less sexual harassment in the workplace. Instead, companies increasingly have private ways of dealing with sexual harassment complaints.

Employment contracts and workplace harassment

In Florida and across the United States, workplace harassment and sex discrimination scandals have become mainstay headlines. The #MeToo movement that started with revelations of unwanted sexual advances within elite Hollywood circles has expanded to government entities and corporations. Many legal analysts believe that the current situation would be even more scandalous if a certain provision of employment contracts did not exist.

Ways men experience sexual discrimination in the workplace

One of the most pervasive forms of discrimination in the workplace, sexual discrimination, has been a hot topic lately in the media. However, most conversations center on its effects on females. This makes perfect sense considering that sexual discrimination affects women the most, particularly those working in male-dominated fields, says Pew Research Center. 

Anti-discrimination laws protect people with disabled loved ones

You are probably aware of how federal and state laws protect employees with disabilities. Employers must accommodate workers with special needs and cannot use a disability as an excuse to fire or not hire someone who is capable of fulfilling the job duties.

Why is workplace sexual harassment so pervasive in restaurants?

If you make a living working as a server, host, cook or another role in a restaurant or food service business, statistics suggest that you may have experienced sexual harassment while on the job. According to USA Today, the sexual harassment problem is so prevalent in the industry that more sexual harassment claims arise from it than any other industry.

Employees speaking out about sexual harassment

Employers in Florida and throughout the country are being told that an increase in sexual harassment complaints could be forthcoming in 2018. This is largely a result of the #MeToo movement that has increased awareness about the subject. Many employees who previously did not feel like they had the ability to speak out could not feel empowered to do so. Companies both large and small may benefit by reviewing their insurance policies and taking other steps to reduce their liability.

Some workers are misclassified as contractors

In the 'gig economy," many Florida workers are hired as freelancers or contractors. The designation is critical when interpreting a variety of federal employment statutes. In particular, federal workplace laws banning age, gender, racial and religious discrimination are unavailable to workers not classified as 'employees."

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