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Sexual harassment occurs at a high rate in the legal profession

Florida women who work in the legal profession probably already know that sexual harassment is common in their field. In a recent survey conducted by the International Bar Association and Acritas, 36.6% of women and 7.4% of men claimed they had experienced sexual harassment while working in the profession. Furthermore, one in two women said that they experienced bullying in the profession while one in three men said they experienced bullying.

Harassment claims increase in the #MeToo era

In 2018, the number of workplace discrimination complaints was down 9.3% compared to 2017. However, the number of sexual harassment complaints increased by 13.6% in that same time period. The increase in complaints is partially fueled by a willingness for employees in Florida and elsewhere to speak up in the wake of the #MeToo movement. While many of the complaints have been made by female employees, this is not always the case.

Record keeping important to build sexual harassment case

A process exists for workers in Florida to address sexual harassment. Victims do not have to accept that nothing can be done about the inappropriate behavior of co-workers or supervisors. To lay the groundwork for a complaint, a person should document the harassing behavior. A simple list with dates and descriptions of what happened could improve a person's ability to provide details when discussing the problem.

Jury awards $11.1 million in sexual harassment lawsuit

Florida employees who have faced sexual harassment in the workplace may be able to file a lawsuit against their employers if their harassment claims are not adequately addressed. This was the case with a former employee of the company Hologram USA, which produces holograms of deceased celebrities.

Harassment complaints increase

During the previous fiscal year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 7,609 complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace. This was a 13.6 percent increase over the previous year. However, workers in Florida and elsewhere filed 9.3 percent fewer complaints overall during the last fiscal year. The increase in sexual harassment claims is seen as a good thing by some because it means that individuals are feeling more confident about making their voices heard.

Google announces revised sexual harassment claim procedures

Florida residents who follow developments in the technology sector may be aware that more than 20 percent of Google's global workforce of more than 94,000 people walked off the job in November 2018 because they were unhappy about the way sexual harassment claims were being handled. Google responded to the walkout by vowing to review its internal policies and make changes where appropriate. The search giant announced on April 25 that its review was complete and many worker demands would be met.

Capitol office cleaners harassed by lawmakers

Florida residents who follow developments in the nation's capital may be aware that the Architect of the Capitol is the federal agency tasked with the maintenance and administration of the U.S. Capitol Complex. One of the AOC's duties is to ensure Capitol staff are provided with a safe and supportive work environment, but a report from the agency's Office of Inspector General suggests that inappropriate conduct is commonplace and steps put into place to curb sexual harassment have been largely ineffective.

Microsoft workers say their sexual harassment claims were ignored

Florida residents have probably heard of the well-known computer and technology company Microsoft, but they may not have heard about all the workplace troubles taking place inside the company. Part of the reason for that could be the company's response to alleged experiences of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Companies need to stop rumors from spreading

Florida employees could be the victims of a hostile workplace environment simply because a rumor was started about them. This is what the U.S. Court of Appeals held in Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc. In that case, a woman was denied future promotions by her manager because she was supposedly a problem in the company. The supposed problem began after another employee started a rumor that the woman slept with a manager in exchange for a promotion.

Men and women's attitudes on sexual harassment differ

Some males working for Florida companies may see sexual harassment in the workplace as less of a problem in 2019 than they did when the #metoo movement began in 2017, but overall, awareness of workplace harassment has risen in the past two decades. A Gallup poll found that in February 2019, 62 percent of adults said they thought sexual harassment against women in the workplace was a serious problem. This was down from 69 percent in October 2017 but up from 50 percent in 1998.

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