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Workplace sexual violence is a problem for millions

Research suggests that many women in Florida have experienced sexual violence while at work. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that workplace sexual violence is prevalent, and nearly 10 million U.S. workers have been victims of it. Among the victims, 70 percent were found to be female workers.

Were you fired after complaining about sexual harassment?

You, like other lucky Florida residents, loved your job. It may have been something that you started without entirely knowing whether it was the right fit for you, but after getting used to how the company operated and your duties, you found your stride and considered yourself a valuable part of the team. As a result, when your employer unexpectedly fired you from your job, the blow may have felt immensely devastating.

Uber creates fund to compensate victims of sexual harassment

A major rideshare company with many Florida drivers an passengers is creating a fund to compensate female employees who suffered from sexual harassment or retaliation. Uber agreed to pay over $4 million to female staff after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the company allowed a culture that permitted sexual harassment and retaliation to continue. The claims against Uber were brought by in-house employees rather than female drivers, who are mostly characterized as independent contractors. According to the EEOC, the fund will be used to compensate people found by the EEOC to have suffered harassment or retaliation during or after 2014.

Harassment more common at mandatory company parties

Some people in Florida may be hesitant to embrace office events like holiday parties, as they may increase the risk of sexual harassment and misconduct on the job. However, studies conducted at Penn State and Ohio State universities may indicate that there are ways that businesses can decrease the likelihood of inappropriate conduct. According to research, managers can set up holiday parties that are less likely to result in problematic incidents and sexual harassment complaints. When the parties are held during traditional work hours rather than late at night, attendance for workers is optional and they are allowed to bring guests of their choice, workers are less likely to experience sexual harassment.

Are you experiencing retaliation after reporting harassment?

Every employee has the right to a professional environment that is free from discriminatory or harassing treatment. When a worker experiences mistreatment from a co-worker, employer or other person connected with his or her work, it can be mentally and emotionally traumatic. Each person who experiences this type of reprehensible behavior has the right to speak up and seek to make it stop once and for all.

How the ADA protects disabled workers

Employers in Florida and other states are generally barred from discriminating against workers who are qualified for a position despite their disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or ADA, also prohibits discrimination during the hiring process. Furthermore, employers are not allowed to retaliate against those who claim that they were discriminated against because they are disabled or were thought to be disabled. There are two criteria that must be met for a person to be covered by the ADA.

Microaggressions lead to discrimination at work

People in Florida continue to experience racial discrimination on the job despite long-standing civil rights laws prohibiting the practice. Once, racial discrimination was extremely overt. More recently, however, different types of discrimination, harassment and mistreatment have come to the forefront. Microaggressions are one example of a type of behavior that can create a comprehensively hostile work environment, usually for non-white employees. In one online post, 12 Facebook workers discussed the company culture in their workplace, saying that racial microaggressions were a common factor amounting to serious discrimination.

Constructive discharge is a form of wrongful termination

Maybe you felt unwelcome from your first day on the job, or you may have had an experience that altered the tone of the work environment. Perhaps you reported to authorities some unlawful or unethical activity in the workplace, or you applied for workers' compensation following an injury. Whatever the reason, you feel as if your Florida employer is making it impossible for you to remain on the job.

Chipotle settles with male sexual harassment victim for $95,000

Customers of Chipotle restaurants in Florida have no way to know what might be going on among the employees unless someone makes a public complaint. Such was the case when a 22-year-old man employed as a shift manager at one restaurant accused his general manager of sexual harassment. After being ignored by upper management, he reported his workplace abuse to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the fast food chain has now settled with him for $95,000 and agreed to strengthen company policies.

Fox host Britt McHenry files sexual harassment lawsuit

Florida fans of the Fox Nation host Britt McHenry may have wondered why she and Fox news contributor Tyrus, whose real name is George Murdoch, stopped appearing together on the program "Un-PC." On Dec. 10, McHenry filed a lawsuit against Murdoch and the network for retaliation, sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The lawsuit also names several executives.

Sexual harassment common in legal industry

The results of an international study indicate that sexual harassment is prevalent in the legal profession. The survey, which was an effort of the International Bar Association, included responses from nearly 7,000 individuals. Both attorneys and non-attorneys were asked about bullying and sexual harassment in their workplaces. Just over 36% of the surveyed women said they'd been victimized by sexual harassment in workplaces. Employers in Florida are required by law to provide a safe environment for their workers, and harassing behavior on the part of superiors, co-workers, vendors or customers may give rise to actionable legal claims.

Tesla plant workers challenge discrimination

While Florida drivers might admire Tesla vehicles for their innovation and luxury, some workers at Tesla's factory allege that the company's solar panel factory is beset by racism and discrimination. A number of employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York Division of Human Rights. According to reports, the factory is heavily segregated, and black and Latino workers have received worse assignments and are more likely to be laid off.

Former CBS exec alleges racial discrimination

Workers in Florida continue to suffer discrimination on the job, even decades after civil rights laws went into effect. Workplace discrimination can even affect high-ranking executives and other professionals in top decision-making positions. One former executive at CBS television network filed a lawsuit against his former employer, accusing the company of firing him for discriminatory reasons. The former reality TV executive, a man of Japanese descent, says that non-white executives at the network were systematically mistreated on the job. Prior to his dismissal, he served as senior executive vice president for alternative programming.

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