During the holiday season and around the year, many Florida residents seek out jobs in the retail sector as their main source of employment or a supplemental income. While coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace has become more prominent, retail workers are often vulnerable due to their youth, relatively low pay and lack of experience. In addition, many retail workplaces may see blended personal friendships and work relationships, leading to poorly defined boundaries for personal conduct. Many retail companies have not taken firm action on harassment, leading to a worse situation for all employees.
Florida residents and others tend to view sexual harassment differently based on their gender. That is according to research from a recent American Family Survey. Of those who responded, 60 percent of women said that they had experienced some sort of harassment, and most of those cases took place at work. Only 28 percent of men who responded to the survey said that they had experienced inappropriate conduct.
Florida residents concerned about sexual harassment at work should be aware of the Forest Service's new initiative meant to curb inappropriate attention. A newly appointed Forest Service director has promised to enact policies and adjust existing processes to keep workers safe from harassment.
People in Florida and across the U.S. have raised the alarm about sexual harassment at some of America's biggest companies, including tech giant Google. A recent worldwide walkout of Google employees came as a response to news that the company paid one leading employee $90 million in severance after he was accused of sexual assault. Following the walkout, the company's CEO distributed an email apology to employees, saying that the firm had not always properly handled its policies related to sexual harassment, discrimination and assault. The company also said that change would be forthcoming.
Workers in Florida and across the country have been speaking out about the harms caused by mandatory arbitration policies when applied to sexual harassment on the job. Facebook and Google both announced that they would end their policies that forced employees to go to arbitration over incidents of sexual harassment and even assaults. Media coverage and employee walkouts have highlighted the frustration of workers at the tech giants over how their complaints have been handled. Facebook said that it is changing its agreements to make arbitration optional rather than mandatory.
The #MeToo movement has made headlines in Florida and other states as many high-profile women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassment. According to a recent survey, employers believed that instances of sexual harassment have decreased while workers believed otherwise.
Many workers in Florida will experience workplace discrimination or harassment at some point during their lives. Many workers report that they have experienced discrimination due to gender.
Women who work at some Florida McDonald's restaurants are among those who participated in walkouts to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment. On Sept. 18, female workers at McDonald's locations in 10 major cities planned to walk out of work during the lunch rush. The protests come after an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint was filed against McDonald's in May.
Boca Raton employees may not be surprised to learn that over a third of workers around the country have suffered from harassment in the workplace, according to a study. In addition, half of those workers were harassed due to their sex or gender. The study was conducted by Hiscox, an international insurance company.
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.