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#MeToo movement casts light on corporate harassment policies

The #MeToo movement began with a series of sexual harassment allegations in the film industry, but it didn't stop there. Employees throughout Florida and the rest of the country are now voicing their concerns about harassment in the workplace. In the wake of these allegations, many major corporations have taken a fresh look at their sexual harassment policies.

Why sexual harassment training courses fail

While there is a greater emphasis on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, harassment training programs are still likely to fail. There are six key reasons why Florida companies and others may miss the mark when it comes to educating their workers about this problem. First, employees may suspect that their employers are conducting the training to satisfy legal requirements, and that is a sure way to get them to tune out.

NPS head could be fired for inappropriate gesture

The National Park Service is awaiting an inspector general's report of alleged sexual harassment by one of its highest officials. As the Department of the Interior has pledged a zero tolerance policy for harassment in the workplace, those in the Florida legal community are curious about the outcome of the report.

McDonald's workers pursue corporate sexual harassment claims

At a franchised company like McDonald's, workers in Boca Raton share a common corporate identity with those in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities. In May, 10 female McDonald's workers filed federal complaints of sexual harassment against the company and franchise holders. The employees said that the corporation had either ignored their complaints entirely or illegally retaliated against them for making the complaints.

Sexual harassment a common issue among flight attendants

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants, 68 percent of respondents and throughout the country said that they had been sexually harassed at some point in their careers. Furthermore, roughly one-third said that they had experienced verbal abuse in the past year. The flight attendants who responded to the survey, including some from Florida, said that passengers had talked about sexual fantasies or requested videos or pictures of an adult nature.

Sexual harassment coming to light after #MeToo movement

The #MeToo movement has been able to generate a large amount of discussion across the nation, including in Florida. As a result of the movement, many companies are coming under fire for allowing sexual harassment to continue for years. Nike is just one company where employees have reported incidents of sexual harassment and gender discrimination that was allowed to continue without resolution.

More sexual harassment cases may be going to arbitration

The incidence of reported sexual harassment has dropped in Florida over the last 20 years as it has in every state. Throughout the country in 2017, there were just a little more than 9,600 sexual harassment complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1997, the figure was 16,000. However, experts say this does not necessarily mean that there is less sexual harassment in the workplace. Instead, companies increasingly have private ways of dealing with sexual harassment complaints.

Employment contracts and workplace harassment

In Florida and across the United States, workplace harassment and sex discrimination scandals have become mainstay headlines. The #MeToo movement that started with revelations of unwanted sexual advances within elite Hollywood circles has expanded to government entities and corporations. Many legal analysts believe that the current situation would be even more scandalous if a certain provision of employment contracts did not exist.

Employees speaking out about sexual harassment

Employers in Florida and throughout the country are being told that an increase in sexual harassment complaints could be forthcoming in 2018. This is largely a result of the #MeToo movement that has increased awareness about the subject. Many employees who previously did not feel like they had the ability to speak out could not feel empowered to do so. Companies both large and small may benefit by reviewing their insurance policies and taking other steps to reduce their liability.

Some workers are misclassified as contractors

In the 'gig economy," many Florida workers are hired as freelancers or contractors. The designation is critical when interpreting a variety of federal employment statutes. In particular, federal workplace laws banning age, gender, racial and religious discrimination are unavailable to workers not classified as 'employees."

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