You would think that in our enlightened times, racial prejudice no longer has a foothold in a working environment. Unfortunately, this form of discrimination, like other forms, still exists.
As awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace grows, bars in Florida and around the country may also need to examine their practices and make sure they are protecting employees and customers. A July conference in New Orleans included a session on dealing with sexual harassment and violence in the hospitality industry. One of the key points from the panel was that focusing on the role of alcohol was a distraction. Furthermore, hospitality does not mean ignoring bad behavior from customers.
Women workers in a wide range of industries continue to deal with harassment and discrimination on the job in Florida and other states. Riot Games, the developer of the widely popular "League of Legends," recently settled a class-action lawsuit that had been brought by workers who said they were subject to sex discrimination in the workplace. The lawsuit, brought in November 2018, also alleged that the company violated California's Equal Pay Act. It was filed after a journalist's report highlighted instances of sexist culture and mistreatment of female employees at the company. Several current and former workers spoke to journalists about problems at the games manufacturer.
In Florida and other states across the U.S., the laws surrounding LGBTQ discrimination at work are murky. It's a civil rights violation if a person is penalized for their sexual orientation. Still, some employers discriminate against LGBTQ people.
Despite legal requirements that employers in Florida provide their employees with safe workplaces, sexual harassment remains a serious problem. To develop sexual harassment training with a results-oriented approach, employers should define goals, use group discussions and provide a call to action. Defining goals allows for the creation of a safety-oriented work culture. Employers should choose verbiage that has company-specific meaning. Every industry and organization has its own objectives and vernacular. Making use of relevant language gives the exercise resonance.
Discrimination can come in various forms and ways. Recently, various parties have started to shine a light on hair discrimination, particularly against black women.
Workers in Florida who experience mental health issues may be entitled to reasonable accommodations at work. For instance, those who go to therapy may be allowed to adjust their schedules around their appointments. Employees could also be allowed to work in an office that is located away from other workers or customers. In some cases, an individual with a mental health issue may be allowed to work from home.
Florida fans of the TV show "The Simpsons" might be interested in learning that Alf Clausen, the show's former longtime composer, has filed a lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox, Disney and Gracie Films, alleging age and disability discrimination. He was fired from the series in 2017.
Despite the growing number of people who speak up when they are being sexually harassed, it is still a problem in Florida and across the nation. Simply drawing attention to the challenges workers face when confronted with sexual harassment is insufficient to make lasting changes. Often, workers are unaware of what steps they can take to stop the behavior and even seek compensation. There are strategies to address sexual harassment and it is important to understand them.
Florida fans of the ABC crime series "The Rookie" might be concerned to learn that actress Afton Williamson has announced that she's leaving the show due to the sexual harassment and racial discrimination she allegedly experienced on the show's Los Angeles set while filming the first season. She made the announcement in an Instagram post on Aug. 4.
When there is animosity in the workplace, it can create an uncomfortable environment. Thankfully, there are measures in place to address such situations.
Employers in Florida must make reasonable accommodations for individuals who have conditions that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In some cases, this means that the employer must allow the employee to telecommute. The ADA applies to private employers who have at least 15 employees and to all public employers. Telecommuting may qualify as a reasonable accommodation for employees who meet minimum job requirements and who are disabled under the definitions of the ADA. The accommodation must not constitute an undue burden to the employer.
Floridians who are fans of "Criminal Minds" might be interested in learning about a lawsuit that was recently filed against the show's production studio and network. The lawsuit was filed by a camera operator who has alleged that a supervisor subjected him to sexual harassment from the time that he was hired in 2011 until 2019.