It doesn't matter if you are one of our Florida readers or live in another part of the country, you know that sexual harassment in schools should never be tolerated. Not only does this have a negative impact on the student who is being harassed, but it can also affect the school.
There are schools from one side of the country to the next, all of which are dedicated to helping students better their level of education. According to a recent research study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, however, at least one out of four middle school students noted that they have experienced some type of physical or verbal sexual harassment at their school. This often occurs in the hallway or the classroom.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 55 colleges and universities throughout the country are being investigated to determine if they illegally handled reports of harassment and sexual violence. Although this type of investigation is not a first, it is the first time the department has decided to release a list of the schools being investigated. There are 55 institutions on the list, but Florida State University is the only one in the Sunshine State.
In our Boca Raton employment law blog, we have discussed the right that employees have to remain free from sexual harassment in the workplace. Whether it is a hostile work environment created by inappropriate comments and offensive photos or quid pro quo requests, there is no doubt that sexual harassment is extremely painful for and damaging to the victim.