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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.

Chipotle settles with male sexual harassment victim for $95,000

Customers of Chipotle restaurants in Florida have no way to know what might be going on among the employees unless someone makes a public complaint. Such was the case when a 22-year-old man employed as a shift manager at one restaurant accused his general manager of sexual harassment. After being ignored by upper management, he reported his workplace abuse to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the fast food chain has now settled with him for $95,000 and agreed to strengthen company policies.

Fox host Britt McHenry files sexual harassment lawsuit

Florida fans of the Fox Nation host Britt McHenry may have wondered why she and Fox news contributor Tyrus, whose real name is George Murdoch, stopped appearing together on the program "Un-PC." On Dec. 10, McHenry filed a lawsuit against Murdoch and the network for retaliation, sexual harassment and gender discrimination. The lawsuit also names several executives.

Sexual harassment common in legal industry

The results of an international study indicate that sexual harassment is prevalent in the legal profession. The survey, which was an effort of the International Bar Association, included responses from nearly 7,000 individuals. Both attorneys and non-attorneys were asked about bullying and sexual harassment in their workplaces. Just over 36% of the surveyed women said they'd been victimized by sexual harassment in workplaces. Employers in Florida are required by law to provide a safe environment for their workers, and harassing behavior on the part of superiors, co-workers, vendors or customers may give rise to actionable legal claims.

Documenting sexual harassment vital for filing a complaint

Employees in Florida subjected to sexual harassment need evidence to stand up for their rights. Documentation of ongoing behavior like lewd jokes, lower pay for the same work or even outright sexual assault could make the difference when trying to get an employer to acknowledge the problem.

Workers sue McDonald's over unchecked sexual harassment

Workers in Florida and elsewhere who are subjected to on-the-job sexual harassment are entitled to take legal action against their employers. For example, on Nov. 8, a group of Michigan workers filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against McDonald's Corp. after the company allegedly failed to protect them from harassment.

How to get employees to speak up

It has been traditionally seen as difficult for Florida employees to speak out against inappropriate behavior at work. However, companies are increasingly likely to want their people to point out instances of theft, harassment or other bad acts in the workplace. Of course, it can be difficult for employees to feel confident in addressing what they have seen or experienced to their superiors. One way to overcome that is to have employees report abusive behavior in groups.

When to file sexual harassment charges

A victim of sexual harassment at work in Florida may file a claim against their employer. However, there are certain statute of limitations rules to keep in mind. Someone who works for the federal government must generally file a claim with an EEO counselor within 45 days of the harassment occurring. Furthermore, the complaint must be filed within 15 days of notified by an EEO counselor about the filing process. Those who work for a private employer could have up to 300 days to make a sexual harassment claim.

Sexual harassment in the health care field

Florida women who work in health care may face a significant amount of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. According to MedScape, the gap in women's pay in that profession compared to men is, on average, $36,000 annually compared to $96,000. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found in 2018 that as many as 50% of all women medical students face sexual harassment, and sexual harassment is three times more likely for them compared to women who work outside the STEM fields.

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