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EEOC received fewer discrimination charges in 2019

In fiscal year 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that it had received 72,675 workplace discrimination claims, many of which came from Florida. According to the EEOC data, retaliation was the most common charge. Claims involving racial discrimination and equal pay discrimination increased during the 2019 fiscal year. However, there was a drop in all other types of workplace discrimination charges received by the EEOC.

Suspended Grammy CEO files complaint over harassment

Many Florida women continue to deal with sexual harassment on the job, even in high-profile positions in entertainment, law or technology. The #MeToo movement has brought many of these cases to the forefront, but new sexual harassment issues continue to emerge on a daily basis. Many victims worry about reporting the harassment because, even though it is illegal, they are afraid that they will face retaliation. A high-ranking Hollywood executive is alleging that she was subjected to unlawful retaliation and employment discrimination after reporting sexual harassment by a prominent entertainment lawyer.

Florida school board attorney admits to making lewd comments

The Florida Commissioner of Education has recommended that the School District of Manatee County's general council be removed from his post for making inappropriate comments to his coworkers. The attorney has apologized for his comments and has agreed to take three courses dealing with workplace sensitivity and sexual harassment. The courses are expected to take place within a month.

Study finds more sexual harassment for women supervisors

Women in Florida who hold supervisory positions at work may be even more likely to experience sexual harassment than their subordinates. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University of women in Sweden, the United States and Japan, women were 30% to almost 100% more likely to be sexually harassed at work in positions that gave them more power. The numbers only reversed for women who were at the very top positions for their career.

Wayfair employee terminated after making harassment complaint

Workers in Florida and throughout the country have the right to do their jobs without being subject to sexual or other forms of harassment. However, one woman said that she was terminated from her position at Wayfair after making a sexual harassment complaint. The employee said that her supervisor groped her and had asked her out on a date. After she denied his request, the supervisor allegedly said bad things about her to others at the company.

Times Up publishes resource guide for actors

Many people in Florida have heard about the Times Up movement in Hollywood. Times Up Entertainment is a group that works to draw attention to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. On Jan. 3, Times Up released a resource guide on sexual harassment that is especially geared toward helping actors who are auditioning for movies and filming scenes.

United Airlines paying for Internet harassment

Many people who take flights to and from Florida use United Airlines. The airline, which flies to more than 300 airports around the world, was recently ordered to pay one of its flight attendants $321,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim involving a pilot. United Airlines will also have to compensate the female employee for her legal costs.

Workplace sexual violence is a problem for millions

Research suggests that many women in Florida have experienced sexual violence while at work. A new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that workplace sexual violence is prevalent, and nearly 10 million U.S. workers have been victims of it. Among the victims, 70 percent were found to be female workers.

Uber creates fund to compensate victims of sexual harassment

A major rideshare company with many Florida drivers an passengers is creating a fund to compensate female employees who suffered from sexual harassment or retaliation. Uber agreed to pay over $4 million to female staff after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that the company allowed a culture that permitted sexual harassment and retaliation to continue. The claims against Uber were brought by in-house employees rather than female drivers, who are mostly characterized as independent contractors. According to the EEOC, the fund will be used to compensate people found by the EEOC to have suffered harassment or retaliation during or after 2014.

Harassment more common at mandatory company parties

Some people in Florida may be hesitant to embrace office events like holiday parties, as they may increase the risk of sexual harassment and misconduct on the job. However, studies conducted at Penn State and Ohio State universities may indicate that there are ways that businesses can decrease the likelihood of inappropriate conduct. According to research, managers can set up holiday parties that are less likely to result in problematic incidents and sexual harassment complaints. When the parties are held during traditional work hours rather than late at night, attendance for workers is optional and they are allowed to bring guests of their choice, workers are less likely to experience sexual harassment.

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