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Harassment can happen in virtual workplaces

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2020 | Hostile Work Environment

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Over the last seven months, many workplaces have shifted their operations online. Many Florida workers now do some or all of their jobs online, and this often includes taking part in many Zoom calls and online meetings where participants have video capabilities. A recent mishap involving a well-known CNN correspondent has brought the issue of sexual harassment in virtual settings to the forefront of the national conversation.

The incident happened while on a Zoom call with co-workers, and it involved both sound and video. With many people working from home now, it is easy to see how the line between personal and professional lives can be blurred. Many consider what happened with the CNN employee to be a form of sexual harassment, raising the question of what types of behaviors cross the line and what employers can do about it.

Even though employees may be at home, they should behave professionally when engaging in work-related activities. Sexual behaviors in the workplace are fireable offenses, and many believe this includes virtual workplaces as well. Many of these issues are unprecedented, as there has never been a time where so many people are engaging through Zoom and video calls while working from home.

Sexual harassment is a problem, no matter where it takes place. Florida employees who experience this type of treatment may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against their employer. Those who are working virtually still have the right to expect a work environment that is free from harassment and other types of inappropriate treatment.