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June 2020 Archives

Common signs of sexual harassment in the workplace

The inappropriate treatment of workers has become a more prevalent issue as people become more comfortable with speaking about what they experienced. Thanks to various social movements, there has been more awareness surrounding issues like sexual harassment in the workplace. Florida workers may find it helpful to learn more about what behaviors count as harassment and what they can do to protect their rights and interests.

Does your job put you at higher risk of sexual harassment?

Many women in Florida and across the country feel a sense of fear in their everyday lives associated with the potential for facing sexual harassment or assault. Even taking a walk or going for a jog could be a dangerous activity for a lone woman who catches the eye of an attacker. Though most people hope that their places of employment are safe and welcoming environments, that is not always the case.

Orlando restaurant owner accused of sexual harassment

Florida employees should not be subjected to any type of discrimination, harassment or mistreatment in the workplace. They should not fear inappropriate behavior from employers or co-workers, and they should not be afraid of retaliation if they report these things. Unfortunately, sexual harassment is a real problem for many employees, including those in the restaurant industry. One Orlando-area restaurant owner is accused of creating a hostile work environment for employees.

Conversations about race discrimination in the workplace

The issue of race has dominated the headlines over the last few weeks. Even in today's culture, race discrimination is still a problem in workplaces, and many Florida business owners and employees are taking steps to address this issue head-on. Addressing the issue of discrimination can start with conversations, but it doesn't stop there. Decisive action is appropriate and critical.

Development of hostile work environment in the Army Reserve

Florida employees who experience sexual harassment and other types of mistreatment in the workplace have the right to file complaints and take action. Employers have the responsibility to take complaints seriously and follow the appropriate procedures to handle these matters promptly. There is evidence to suggest this does not always happen in the Army Reserve, which has led to the development of a hostile work environment in some units.

Sexual harassment is a problem for many federal employees

Regardless of the type of workplace, no Florida employee should be subjected to mistreatment, harassment or discrimination. Unfortunately, this is still a problem for many, including those who are employed in federal workplaces. A recent look at sexual harassment in federal offices found the problem to be prominent, and victims often do not get the recourse they deserve.

How your employer can protect you from cyberbullying

Like many Florida employees, you may now be doing a large portion of your work online. In the past few months, many employers have shifted certain parts of their operations and allowed workers to do their jobs from the comfort and safety of their own homes. You may now be interacting with many of your coworkers and others primarily through Zoom meetings, Skype, email and other platforms.

Wrongful termination is grounds for legal action

There are times when an employer may respond inappropriately when an employee exercises his or her rights, such as filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting harassment in the workplace. One of these inappropriate actions includes firing that employee without a legitimate reason. Wrongful termination is inexcusable, and it could be grounds for a Florida employee to take legal action.

Workplace bullies can create a hostile workplace, even online

Every employee in Florida has the right to workplace free from inappropriate behavior and harassment of any kind, whether in person or online. Unfortunately, bullies in the workplace are still prevalent, and they do things that ultimately lead to the creation of a hostile workplace. Victims of bullies at work may experience things like aggressive comments, threats, discrimination inappropriate contact and even sexual harassment. This commonly happens in online settings. 

Women still earn less than men

When you look back over past generations, you may feel proud to be a woman in the workforce. Perhaps you are employed in an industry that is traditionally male-dominated, or maybe you have risen to a higher rank in your job than women in your family have previously achieved. Unfortunately, while you may receive kudos and pats on the back for your accomplishment, it is likely that your paycheck does not reflect your hard work.

FMLA discrimination allegations made against school system

Florida workers are entitled to time away from work when they are dealing with a medical need or family matters. The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that requires certain employers to allow employees to take up to 12 weeks off for specific family and medical reasons. They are not required to pay workers during the time off, but they are supposed to hold the job for the employee. One school system employee in another state claims she experienced FMLA discrimination after taking rightful time off for a legitimate reason.

LGBT health care employees may face discrimination at work

In the last few months, Florida health care workers have been on the front lines of fighting a very serious public health concern. In order to do their jobs, they've had to give up their own safety, often without the proper protective gear. Unfortunately, LGBTQ workers who are actively engaged in this very important fight also face the possibility of losing their jobs in certain states, thanks to a lack of certain protections and discrimination at work.

Race discrimination allegations made against health care company

Every employee has the right to be at his or her workplace without fear of discrimination or mistreatment. Unfortunately, race discrimination is still a real problem in many Florida workplaces, but victims do not have to remain silent. Individuals who experience this type of unacceptable and reprehensible treatment have the right to take legal action to hold responsible parties accountable for what they experienced. A woman recently filed a legal claim against her employer due to allegations of racial discrimination and other problems.

Fighting disability discrimination in a Florida workplace

Disabled individuals can face unique challenges in the workplace. Even though individuals with an intellectual disability may be able to complete the requirements of their jobs, it can still be the reason why some experience mistreatment, harassment and discrimination in their place of work. Disability discrimination comes in many forms, and victims have the right to speak out. Co-workers can also take steps to fight this type of mistreatment, as can Florida employers.

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