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Flight attendant alleges sexual harassment from pilot

Florida frequent flyers might be interested to learn that on Aug. 9, a lawsuit was filed against United Airlines by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a female flight attendant who says she experienced sexual harassment and a hostile work environment for years and the airline did nothing to help her. The lawsuit says a pilot posted images online of the flight attendant that were sexually explicit and sometimes included information such as her name and her home airport.

High rates of sexual harassment in the media industry

Media professionals in Florida and across the United States are more likely to be subject to unwanted sexual advances at work than in other sectors. According to the results of research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation, 41 percent of women who work in American media companies report having endured lewd comments, inappropriate attention and other workplace harassment issues during their careers.

Research explores motivations driving sexual harassers

Boca Raton workers facing sexual harassment on the job may wonder what drives their employers to engage in or permit this type of threatening or hostile conduct. Some theories hold that powerful men are prone to harass their female subordinates because they feel entitled to exercise their power over others and enjoy a narcissistic thrill, especially when the women in question are afraid to resist. However, some research indicates that one common cause of sexual harassment is the insecurity of male bosses.

#MeToo movement casts light on corporate harassment policies

The #MeToo movement began with a series of sexual harassment allegations in the film industry, but it didn't stop there. Employees throughout Florida and the rest of the country are now voicing their concerns about harassment in the workplace. In the wake of these allegations, many major corporations have taken a fresh look at their sexual harassment policies.

Why sexual harassment training courses fail

While there is a greater emphasis on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, harassment training programs are still likely to fail. There are six key reasons why Florida companies and others may miss the mark when it comes to educating their workers about this problem. First, employees may suspect that their employers are conducting the training to satisfy legal requirements, and that is a sure way to get them to tune out.

NPS head could be fired for inappropriate gesture

The National Park Service is awaiting an inspector general's report of alleged sexual harassment by one of its highest officials. As the Department of the Interior has pledged a zero tolerance policy for harassment in the workplace, those in the Florida legal community are curious about the outcome of the report.

McDonald's workers pursue corporate sexual harassment claims

At a franchised company like McDonald's, workers in Boca Raton share a common corporate identity with those in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities. In May, 10 female McDonald's workers filed federal complaints of sexual harassment against the company and franchise holders. The employees said that the corporation had either ignored their complaints entirely or illegally retaliated against them for making the complaints.

Sexual harassment a common issue among flight attendants

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants, 68 percent of respondents and throughout the country said that they had been sexually harassed at some point in their careers. Furthermore, roughly one-third said that they had experienced verbal abuse in the past year. The flight attendants who responded to the survey, including some from Florida, said that passengers had talked about sexual fantasies or requested videos or pictures of an adult nature.

Sexual harassment coming to light after #MeToo movement

The #MeToo movement has been able to generate a large amount of discussion across the nation, including in Florida. As a result of the movement, many companies are coming under fire for allowing sexual harassment to continue for years. Nike is just one company where employees have reported incidents of sexual harassment and gender discrimination that was allowed to continue without resolution.

More sexual harassment cases may be going to arbitration

The incidence of reported sexual harassment has dropped in Florida over the last 20 years as it has in every state. Throughout the country in 2017, there were just a little more than 9,600 sexual harassment complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1997, the figure was 16,000. However, experts say this does not necessarily mean that there is less sexual harassment in the workplace. Instead, companies increasingly have private ways of dealing with sexual harassment complaints.

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