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LGBTQ tech workers face discrimination at work

Many members of the LGBTQ community in Florida face workplace discrimination. While gender discrimination is prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled whether discrimination against gay and transgender people is a form of prohibited sex-based discrimination.

Study finds less sexual harassment, more gender harassment

For Florida women, there might have been a drop in the amount of sexual harassment they experience at work. However, they might be experiencing a higher rate of sexist remarks and sexist discrimination. Researchers at the University of Colorado found that while 66% of the hundreds of women they surveyed reported sexual harassment at work in 2016, that number dropped to 25% in 2018. However, the percentage of women who experienced what researchers called "gender harassment" increased from 76% to 93%.

Dell employees say discrimination harmed their careers

Those who are transgender or otherwise don't conform to gender stereotypes may face discrimination in the workplace. However, employers in Florida may face limited consequences for doing so. This is because there is no federal law that prohibits them from harassing employees or making employment decisions based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the Justice Department, current anti-discrimination laws do not apply in these cases.

Injured workers can pursue compensation without penalty

Workers in Florida who are penalized for engaging in a protected activity could be victims of employer retaliation. Retaliation can happen after an individual files a workers' compensation claim, and there are many different forms of retaliation. For example, a person could be fired or demoted for filing a workers' compensation claim or asking about filing a claim. Other forms of retaliation include a pay cut or negative information added to an employee file.

Survey finds sexual harassment to be relatively common

Employers in Florida and throughout the country are generally required to provide workplaces that are free from sexual and other types of harassment. However, a study conducted by Pan Atlantic Research of Portland found that this isn't necessarily the case for individuals living in Maine. Of those who responded, 21.9% of men and 23.4% of women said that they had seen sexual harassment take place at work. Furthermore, 57.6% of female respondents said that they had been victims of such harassment themselves.

Advocates urge Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ worker rights

Some of the largest corporations in Florida and the rest of the nation are urging the Supreme Court to rule that civil rights laws protect employees against discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity. These companies, in conjunction with several LGBTQ advocacy groups, submitted a brief to the court to support their argument. They hope to influence several civil rights cases coming up in October 2019.

Over 200 companies urge Supreme Court to favor LGBT rights

Upcoming decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States could have an impact on how businesses in Florida treat LGBT workers. Among major corporations, support has been growing to interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as inclusive of LGBT people. In a friend-of-the-court brief signed by 206 companies, business leaders urged the high court to recognize discrimination against LGBT people as a type of unlawful sex discrimination.

Black women experience more workplace sexual harassment

Black women in Florida and across the U.S. are more likely to be subjected to and report workplace sexual harassment than white women, according to a new study. The study was recently published in the journal Gender, Work and Organization.

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