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Harassment complaints increase

During the previous fiscal year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 7,609 complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace. This was a 13.6 percent increase over the previous year. However, workers in Florida and elsewhere filed 9.3 percent fewer complaints overall during the last fiscal year. The increase in sexual harassment claims is seen as a good thing by some because it means that individuals are feeling more confident about making their voices heard.

Google announces revised sexual harassment claim procedures

Florida residents who follow developments in the technology sector may be aware that more than 20 percent of Google's global workforce of more than 94,000 people walked off the job in November 2018 because they were unhappy about the way sexual harassment claims were being handled. Google responded to the walkout by vowing to review its internal policies and make changes where appropriate. The search giant announced on April 25 that its review was complete and many worker demands would be met.

Capitol office cleaners harassed by lawmakers

Florida residents who follow developments in the nation's capital may be aware that the Architect of the Capitol is the federal agency tasked with the maintenance and administration of the U.S. Capitol Complex. One of the AOC's duties is to ensure Capitol staff are provided with a safe and supportive work environment, but a report from the agency's Office of Inspector General suggests that inappropriate conduct is commonplace and steps put into place to curb sexual harassment have been largely ineffective.

Microsoft workers say their sexual harassment claims were ignored

Florida residents have probably heard of the well-known computer and technology company Microsoft, but they may not have heard about all the workplace troubles taking place inside the company. Part of the reason for that could be the company's response to alleged experiences of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Companies need to stop rumors from spreading

Florida employees could be the victims of a hostile workplace environment simply because a rumor was started about them. This is what the U.S. Court of Appeals held in Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc. In that case, a woman was denied future promotions by her manager because she was supposedly a problem in the company. The supposed problem began after another employee started a rumor that the woman slept with a manager in exchange for a promotion.

Men and women's attitudes on sexual harassment differ

Some males working for Florida companies may see sexual harassment in the workplace as less of a problem in 2019 than they did when the #metoo movement began in 2017, but overall, awareness of workplace harassment has risen in the past two decades. A Gallup poll found that in February 2019, 62 percent of adults said they thought sexual harassment against women in the workplace was a serious problem. This was down from 69 percent in October 2017 but up from 50 percent in 1998.

Google payouts to accused harassers spark outrage

A payout received by one Google executive has sparked outrage in Florida and across the country about the continuing problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. A former executive at the technology giant received $35 million in his severance package even though he was allegedly forced to resign after an investigation into sexual assault accusations. The total of his exit package was revealed as part of an ongoing shareholder lawsuit targeting the company's practice of paying large severance amounts to high-ranking executives accused of sexual harassment or assault.

Restaurant workers likely to encounter sexual harassment

Sexual harassment of restaurant and other food service employees is a common scenario. Reports indicate that up to 70 percent of male workers and 90 percent of female workers in restaurants have experienced some type of sexual harassment from customers, coworkers, supervisors or suppliers. Workers in Florida should be aware of their rights and opportunities for recourse regarding this issue.

Woman gets money in settlement with employer

A woman who used to work at a Florida bar has been awarded $80,000 in a sexual harassment case. The plaintiff, who was a bartender at Christini's Ristorante Italiano in Orlando, claims that she was told to look date-ready and sexy while performing job duties. The woman alleges that she was terminated after expressing concerns about her treatment to management. She was terminated in March 2017 after starting work for the company in August 2015.

Sexual harassment in medical academia

In Florida and around the country, the #MeToo movement has received a great deal of attention. Some associate workplace sexual harassment with the entertainment industry. But it is also prominent in a less likely field. Recent research has determined the medical profession to have an unwanted culture of predatory conduct. This is especially true in the area of medical academia.

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