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The widespread problem of sexual harassment in the legal field

When a Florida employee goes to work, he or she has the right to expect to be able to do his or her job without fear of experiencing inappropriate treatment from co-workers or employers. Sexual harassment is an unfortunate issue that affects people in many different types of job, especially females. The legal profession is no exception to this problem. 

Florida senator to introduce bill to protect natural hairstyles

A Florida senator says that he plans to introduce legislation that would protect individuals who wear their hair in styles associated with their cultural roots from discrimination. Senator Randolph Bracy III, who represents Florida's State Senate District 11, hopes to see the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act passed during the upcoming 2020 legislative session. If the bill reaches the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, it would prohibit discrimination in workplaces and public schools based on hairstyles such as dreadlocks, braids and twists.

Walmart settles EEOC lawsuit

Most employers in Florida and throughout the country are required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. Walmart recently agreed to pay $80,000 and make other changes to its policies to settle a discrimination suit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. The lawsuit claimed that it failed to reassign a worker to a position at another store after she became disabled. Prior to her disability, she worked as a sales associate in Augusta, Maine.

Documenting sexual harassment vital for filing a complaint

Employees in Florida subjected to sexual harassment need evidence to stand up for their rights. Documentation of ongoing behavior like lewd jokes, lower pay for the same work or even outright sexual assault could make the difference when trying to get an employer to acknowledge the problem.

Workers sue McDonald's over unchecked sexual harassment

Workers in Florida and elsewhere who are subjected to on-the-job sexual harassment are entitled to take legal action against their employers. For example, on Nov. 8, a group of Michigan workers filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. after the company allegedly failed to protect them from harassment.

How to get employees to speak up

It has been traditionally seen as difficult for Florida employees to speak out against inappropriate behavior at work. However, companies are increasingly likely to want their people to point out instances of theft, harassment or other bad acts in the workplace. Of course, it can be difficult for employees to feel confident in addressing what they have seen or experienced to their superiors. One way to overcome that is to have employees report abusive behavior in groups.

When to file sexual harassment charges

A victim of sexual harassment at work in Florida may file a claim against their employer. However, there are certain statute of limitations rules to keep in mind. Someone who works for the federal government must generally file a claim with an EEO counselor within 45 days of the harassment occurring. Furthermore, the complaint must be filed within 15 days of notified by an EEO counselor about the filing process. Those who work for a private employer could have up to 300 days to make a sexual harassment claim.

Racial discrimination still a big problem in US workplaces

There has been increased attention to workplace discrimination and other forms of on-the-job mistreatment in Florida and across the nation. Still, these issues have not stopped with that focus. For people who have been confronted with workplace discrimination, it's important to know how to address the problem.

Manager clashes with attorney while testifying

Business owners in Florida and throughout the country are typically barred from taking actions that could be interpreted as racial discrimination. One man who worked for Founders Brewing in Detroit claimed in a lawsuit that the company had an overtly racist culture. He claimed that others within the organization used blatantly racist language on multiple occasions. However, a manager for the company refused to acknowledge that the employee who filed the suit was black.

How employers can prevent sexual harassment at restaurants

As numerous industries have learned in the last few years, sexual harassment can occur anywhere. While much of the focus has been on Hollywood and Washington D.C., many people will tell you that one of the most common places where sexual harassment takes place is in the foodservice industry. 

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