Despite legal requirements that employers in Florida provide their employees with safe workplaces, sexual harassment remains a serious problem. To develop sexual harassment training with a results-oriented approach, employers should define goals, use group discussions and provide a call to action. Defining goals allows for the creation of a safety-oriented work culture. Employers should choose verbiage that has company-specific meaning. Every industry and organization has its own objectives and vernacular. Making use of relevant language gives the exercise resonance.
Despite the growing number of people who speak up when they are being sexually harassed, it is still a problem in Florida and across the nation. Simply drawing attention to the challenges workers face when confronted with sexual harassment is insufficient to make lasting changes. Often, workers are unaware of what steps they can take to stop the behavior and even seek compensation. There are strategies to address sexual harassment and it is important to understand them.
Florida fans of the ABC crime series "The Rookie" might be concerned to learn that actress Afton Williamson has announced that she's leaving the show due to the sexual harassment and racial discrimination she allegedly experienced on the show's Los Angeles set while filming the first season. She made the announcement in an Instagram post on Aug. 4.
Floridians who are fans of "Criminal Minds" might be interested in learning about a lawsuit that was recently filed against the show's production studio and network. The lawsuit was filed by a camera operator who has alleged that a supervisor subjected him to sexual harassment from the time that he was hired in 2011 until 2019.
For Florida women, there might have been a drop in the amount of sexual harassment they experience at work. However, they might be experiencing a higher rate of sexist remarks and sexist discrimination. Researchers at the University of Colorado found that while 66% of the hundreds of women they surveyed reported sexual harassment at work in 2016, that number dropped to 25% in 2018. However, the percentage of women who experienced what researchers called "gender harassment" increased from 76% to 93%.
Employers in Florida and throughout the country are generally required to provide workplaces that are free from sexual and other types of harassment. However, a study conducted by Pan Atlantic Research of Portland found that this isn't necessarily the case for individuals living in Maine. Of those who responded, 21.9% of men and 23.4% of women said that they had seen sexual harassment take place at work. Furthermore, 57.6% of female respondents said that they had been victims of such harassment themselves.
According to survey results presented at a Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Annual Meeting, more than 40% of vascular surgeons reported experiencing sexual harassment at the workplace. The anonymous survey asked surgeons from health care facilities and training sites in Florida and other states whether they had experienced harassment of various forms. Nearly one in three of the respondents said they thought harassment was common in surgical specialties.
The #MeToo movement highlighted an often unseen reality of sexual harassment in the workplace: people can still be affected by harassment even if they hold high-ranking, prestigious jobs in the Florida entertainment industry, technology or medicine. For example, one study of gynecologic oncologists, who treat cancers of the female reproductive system, found that the majority of men and women had both been sexually harassed during their careers. A fellow in the specialty conducted the survey, reported at an annual event of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Florida employees should be aware that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. In fact, many workplaces have hotlines where sexual harassment can be reported. Even so, many employees, particularly women, avoid making reports due to how the reports can potentially impact their career.
The Florida Department of Financial Services placed the state's most senior banking regulator on administrative leave on May 10 while a sexual harassment claim filed by an employee of the DFS's Office of Financial Regulation is investigated. In the press statement announcing the move, the chief financial officer of Florida said that the Office of the Inspector General had been called in to conduct the investigation.