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Verbal and non-verbal sexual harassment in the workplace

You should not have to endure any type of sexual harassment in your place of work. Even though there are both state and federal laws against harassment, it still happens, and you could be a victim. If you think this is happening to you, it's normal to feel unsure about what you experienced and what you should do next. It may help you to learn more about verbal and non-verbal sexual harassment so that you can determine if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. 

Did employer violate an employee's right to take FMLA leave?

Florida employees know they have the right to take leave when they have certain family or medical needs. In fact, the Family and Medical Leave Act protects the rights of qualifying employees to have a certain amount of unpaid leave for things such as the birth of a child or the illness of a family member. Violating these rights can result in a lawsuit against the employer. An employee recently claimed his employer violated his FMLA rights, but he was not successful in his attempt at seeking legal recourse.

Sexual harassment in professional sports environments

Florida employees may be aware of the recent news regarding the mistreatment of female employees who work in professional sports environments, particularly the National Football League. Within the last week, 15 employees spoke out about sexual harassment they experienced while working for a popular NFL team. The allegations are not limited to one incident, but they span a time period from 2006 to 2019. There are also reports of harassment from two female reporters who covered the team.

Why would you want to mediate your sexual harassment claim?

You had no idea when you took your job that it would turn into a nightmare. The sexual harassment may have started small, which made you wonder whether you were imagining it. However, over time, it became progressively worse, and there was no doubt in your mind that your supervisor or coworker's behavior was inappropriate.

Employers can make Florida workplaces more inclusive

Disabled individuals in Florida have the right to work and earn a living for themselves, but depending on the nature of their disability, they may need help from their employers. Business owners and employers are required by law to provide certain accommodations to individuals who have disabilities. In addition to providing the basic requirements, it is also beneficial for employers to consider how they can make their business more inclusive and accessible.

Sexual harassment can be a problem for health care workers

Regardless of where someone works or what type of employment an individual has, he or she should not be subjected to mistreatment in a Florida workplace. Unfortunately, sexual harassment and other types of unacceptable behavior are common in virtually every field, including the health care industry. Reporting harassment can be difficult, and there are reports of retaliation and additional complications for those who do choose to speak out.

How should an employee report sexual harassment in the workplace?

When Florida employees experience mistreatment in the workplace, they may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. It can be intimidating to complain about problems at work, especially those involving sexual harassment. Individuals who experience this type of harassment have the right to speak out about what they experienced and report the issue to human resources, a department that handles employee problems. Unfortunately, many employees are unsure of how to proceed with this process.

LGBTQ workers now protected from discrimination at work

In a recent and landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court mandated protections for LGBTQ workers. These workers now have federal protection against discrimination at work, making it illegal for employers to discriminate because of sexual orientation, transgender status and a workers' sex. This ruling represents a major victory for those who have been advocating for the rights for these workers for decades. The court upheld rulings from lower courts declaring that discrimination due to sexual orientation was a violation of employment laws.

When could an accommodation request be unreasonable?

You may have lived with a disability for your entire life or for most of it. Over the years, you have learned techniques for addressing your disability without having to miss out on important aspects of life, like having a job. Depending on the nature of your disability, you may need to request that your employer make a change to your workspace, the manner in which you work or another alteration to accommodate your disability.

There are protections available to Florida whistleblowers

When employees observe their employers committing some type of wrongdoing, they may be unsure of what to do next. Reporting fraud and various other types of illegal activities is important, but Florida whistleblowers know there could be repercussions professionally if they speak out about what they saw. This is why there are laws in place that protect the rights and interests of those who bring attention to illegal activities in their place of work.

Employees should know their right to FMLA leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows qualified employees to take time away from work to address certain medical and family-related needs, such as the birth of a child, without fear of losing their job. Florida employers bear the responsibility of making sure they understand their employees' right to this type of leave and that they do not inadvertently violate these rights. Employees will also find it beneficial to know what to do if they need time away from work and whether it qualifies as FMLA leave.

What should employers do to prevent disability discrimination?

Employees should not face mistreatment at work because of a disability. Florida employers should strive to protect the interests of these workers, and they should take certain steps to make their workplaces more inclusive and conducive for disabled individuals. Any type of disability discrimination is unacceptable, and in some cases, it may be grounds for a civil claim against the employer.

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