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How pervasive is sexual harassment in the workplace?

The past few years have shed light on several injustices toward women that had gone unnoticed or unacknowledged in the past: Movements like #MeToo and the Hollywood allegation scandals have demonstrated how much abuse happens behind the scenes. With all of this activity done to further women's rights, citizens of Florida may notice how much their awareness has increased with regards to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in the workplace as well as what constitutes sexual abuse.

Explaining modern attitudes toward sexual harassment

When it comes to sexual harassment, age may play a significant role in how it is dealt with by Florida workers and others. Those who are older may be more likely to simply try to move past inappropriate encounters while younger workers may be more likely to report such behavior. One researcher believes that generational attitudes toward power at work may be better able to explain the difference in how sexual harassment is perceived.

Chef Mario Batali responds to sexual harassment allegations

Florida residents may be interested in learning the details about celebrity chef Mario Batali's decision to step away from his restaurant business and television show as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct. Batali has been the host of ABC's show 'The Chew" for several years. ABC put some distance between the company and Batali, asking him to step away from the show while the allegations made against him are reviewed.

Lessons from the sexual harassment scandals in Congress

Legislators from Florida are taking action on the recent scandals involving members of Congress and alleged unwanted sexual advances. The resignation of Sen. Al Franken and the planned retirement of Rep. John Conyers has prompted Congress to implement new rules with regard to sexual harassment awareness and training. During a news conference on the same day that Franken went public with his decision to step down from his legislative duties, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that members of Congress will be required to attend training on workplace harassment before every session.

Complaining about sexual harassment in Florida

Sex discrimination and harassment at Florida workplaces is illegal. Despite this, the behavior continues to occur, leading the victims to wonder what they can do about it. It is important for victims of workplace sexual harassment to understand how they should complain and what to expect once they do.

Why ignoring sexual harassment is bad for employers

Sexual harassment can take place regardless of what field a Florida resident may work in. Although cases of harassment occur in many different companies, only 30 percent of female victims make complaints according to a representative of the EEOC. A smaller number of victims will file a charge with the EEOC. In some cases, companies that know or suspect that harassment has taken place may ignore it or hesitate to take action.

How to handle sexual harassment in the current climate

In many workplaces across Florida, the conversation around the office water cooler has recently been focused on the ongoing spat of sexual harassment allegations involving prominent executives and politicians. In most of these situations, unwanted sexual advances, lewd comments and more serious instances of harassment have taken place in workplace environments, and they went unspoken for many years.

Types of sexual harassment in a Florida workplace

Although sexual harassment is illegal in workplaces in Florida and around the country, it is not uncommon. For example, a 2015 Cosmopolitan survey with more than 2,230 female participants found that 1 in 3 women reported experiencing sexual harassment at work at least once in their lives. Even though it is prevalent, some individuals may not be aware of what sexual harassment actually is.

When patients commit sexual harassment

According to a study that was published in the journal Physical Therapy, health care workers in Florida and elsewhere are 16 times more likely to experience non-fatal violence at work than is the case with other professions. A recent survey of 900 physical therapists found that 80 percent were subject to sexual remarks or sexual assault. They also said that they experienced inappropriate touching and indecent exposure on the job.

Employees talk about how racism affects them

Florida residents are likely aware of the issues of racism, sexism and ageism in the working world. One Asian woman who worked for Google said that she felt invisible and that there were few people who looked like her at the company. She said that this was especially true among the executive ranks. An African-American woman said that she was regularly asked to show identification whereas white workers were not.

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