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Waitress files sexual harassment lawsuit against manager

Florida restaurant workers may be interested to learn that a former general manager at an Olive Garden was sued for sexual harassment. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Jan. 25, a waitress claimed that servers were hired due to their perceived attractiveness by the general manager. He was also accused of trading promotions and raises for sex.

Co-host claims she was sexually harassed by Bill O'Reilly

Florida residents who have followed the sexual harassment case involving the former CEO of Fox News may be interested to learn that another one was settled during the same time frame. According to a report that was published on Jan. 10, a former co-host of a Fox News weekend show had accused Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

When sexual harassment happens at work

Some employees in Florida may wonder how to handle a sexual harassment situation when a colleague in a senior or client partner position takes advantage of a subordinate. One such scenario occurred in Alaska when an entry-level worker received inappropriate texts from a male team member who was in a high ranking position. The woman did not solicit any attention from the senior team member and was caught by surprise when she starting receiving the messages.

Sexual harassment statistics show the problem's extent

Many women are sexually harassed while they are working on the job in Florida. A report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicates that 7.9 percent of the charges filed with the agency in 2015 by Florida claimants were based on sexual harassment, making the state second only behind Texas for the highest percentage of sexual harassment complaints.

Sexual harassment common in the fast food industry

Many Florida residents who work in the restaurant industry experience sexual harassment on the job. According to a report by Hart Research Associates, 40 percent of female fast food workers in non-managerial positions around the country are victims of such behavior. Another study that was conducted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that 90 percent of male and female restaurant employees working at casual full-service restaurant chains have been sexually harassed.

Why people don't report sexual harassment

Many Florida residents who have been sexual harassment victim will not speak out for months or even years. There are several reasons why the victims of workplace sexual harassment often take lengthy periods of time before they report the harassment, including fears of losing their jobs, being in unequal power relationships with the perpetrators, concerns that others won't believe them and threats that have been made against them.

Study looks at sexual harassment in advertising

Florida women may experience workplace sexual harassment regardless of their occupations. A study released on Aug. 11 showed that women who work in advertising might be particularly vulnerable to workplace sexual harassment. In a summary of its research findings, industry trade group 4A said that over 50 percent of the female advertising workers it surveyed said that they had been sexually harassed.

Sexual harassment in the workplace

Florida workers may be interested to learn that approximately 33 percent of female workers between the age of 18 and 34 have experienced workplace sexual harassment. However, there are many cases where women do not report workplace harassment, which means that the numbers could potentially be higher.

Addressing sexual harassment issues in the workplace

Florida residents may be familiar with a recent sexual harassment claim made by a former female anchor against the CEO of Fox News. The woman has alleged that she was subject to inappropriate behavior by the CEO. She has also indicated that a former colleague subjected her to objectionable behavior. The company has affirmed its support for these male representatives of the network, noting that it will review the matter.

National Park Service under fire over its handling of sexual harassment

When most of us think of the National Park Service, the federal agency tasked with preserving "the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations," we probably envision an almost idyllic workplace with serene settings, exciting duties and enlightened co-workers.  

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