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January 2020 Archives

Suspended Grammy CEO files complaint over harassment

Many Florida women continue to deal with sexual harassment on the job, even in high-profile positions in entertainment, law or technology. The #MeToo movement has brought many of these cases to the forefront, but new sexual harassment issues continue to emerge on a daily basis. Many victims worry about reporting the harassment because, even though it is illegal, they are afraid that they will face retaliation. A high-ranking Hollywood executive is alleging that she was subjected to unlawful retaliation and employment discrimination after reporting sexual harassment by a prominent entertainment lawyer.

Is that action sexual harassment? Opinions differ

Though it may seem like a sweeping generalization, many men and women often have differing views on similar situations. For example, when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, the actions that men and women view as harassing can differ greatly. As a result, knowing when harassment has occurred can become more difficult.

Florida school board attorney admits to making lewd comments

The Florida Commissioner of Education has recommended that the School District of Manatee County's general council be removed from his post for making inappropriate comments to his coworkers. The attorney has apologized for his comments and has agreed to take three courses dealing with workplace sensitivity and sexual harassment. The courses are expected to take place within a month.

Study finds more sexual harassment for women supervisors

Women in Florida who hold supervisory positions at work may be even more likely to experience sexual harassment than their subordinates. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University of women in Sweden, the United States and Japan, women were 30% to almost 100% more likely to be sexually harassed at work in positions that gave them more power. The numbers only reversed for women who were at the very top positions for their career.

Wayfair employee terminated after making harassment complaint

Workers in Florida and throughout the country have the right to do their jobs without being subject to sexual or other forms of harassment. However, one woman said that she was terminated from her position at Wayfair after making a sexual harassment complaint. The employee said that her supervisor groped her and had asked her out on a date. After she denied his request, the supervisor allegedly said bad things about her to others at the company.

Routes for addressing sexual harassment at work

"Harassment" sounds like a harsh word, which is fitting because it describes harsh treatment and actions. Harassment can involve rude comments, threats, unwanted physical contact and more. You may never have anticipated someone harassing you or for the actions to continue, but you began facing consistent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Times Up publishes resource guide for actors

Many people in Florida have heard about the Times Up movement in Hollywood. Times Up Entertainment is a group that works to draw attention to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. On Jan. 3, Times Up released a resource guide on sexual harassment that is especially geared toward helping actors who are auditioning for movies and filming scenes.

United Airlines paying for Internet harassment

Many people who take flights to and from Florida use United Airlines. The airline, which flies to more than 300 airports around the world, was recently ordered to pay one of its flight attendants $321,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim involving a pilot. United Airlines will also have to compensate the female employee for her legal costs.

Miami employee accuses city of racial discrimination

A Florida parks and recreation worker is suing the City of Miami for racial discrimination after multiple complaints have come to light by black workers. The 59-year-old man, who has worked in various public works, sanitation and parks department jobs for the city for 37 years, says that his supervisor used the N-word against him in 2013, calling him the racial slur in an argument. He says that he was subjected to various discriminatory incidents since 2011, which was when a new supervisor was introduced at the job.

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