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Employers are responsible for development of a hostile workplace

A Florida employer does not have to be directly involved in sexual harassment in the workplace or be an instigator, but he or she is responsible for its implications. A hostile work environment can include behaviors such as inappropriate jokes, unwanted advances and any type of sexual harassment. It is recurring negative behavior that eventually makes it emotionally, psychologically and physically stressful for the victim to do his or her job.

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.

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.

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.

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 in charge may still face sexual harassment

Women can face unique challenges in the workplace, including unwanted advances and intimidation from male co-workers. Sexual harassment is not an issue unique to a specific group as even females in leadership and positions of power are susceptible to this type of unacceptable treatment. Research into the issue suggests that behind sexual harassment is often a desire to humiliate and intimidate, and women in charge are not immune to it.

Employers can do more to fight sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement has thrown a spotlight on workplace sexual harassment, an all-too-common experience for many women on the job in Florida. The news stories about high-profile celebrities, politicians and others involved in harassing their co-workers, assistants and fellow stars have drawn attention to the ongoing struggles faced by women in jobs of all kinds. The national discussion has also led many organizations and companies to look for solutions to the problem, as sexual harassment training programs have been shown to be somewhat ineffective.

How to handle workplace bullying

Ideally, those who are harassed at work will be able to tell their employer about it. However, there are considerations that Florida workers and others will want to mull over when deciding how to handle their situation. First, it will be important to consider whether the harassment is severe enough that it warrants reporting to a supervisor. If so, it is critical to note that bullying is not necessary against the law.

Some workers are not protected against sexual harassment

Some people in Florida may assume that all employees throughout the country are protected against sexual harassment by federal law, but this is not the case. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act only applies to employers who have at least 15 employees.

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