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Employee activists raise awareness on social media

Google employees are hoping to raise awareness of workplace harassment in the tech industry using various social media channels such as Twitter and Instagram. They hope that people in Florida and throughout the country learn more about tactics such as requiring employees to resolve workplace issues through arbitration. By going through arbitration, workers don't have the ability to take a case to court. While this requirement has been dropped by some companies for sexual harassment claims, it still applies in other cases.

Ending harassment is a group effort

Workers in Florida may have either experienced or heard about sexual harassment at work. However, it is a problem that both employees and employers can work together to solve. Employees should document any instance of harassment that they see or experience. Doing so may make it easier to have a claim investigated after it has been reported to HR or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Harassment victims likely to face firing or retaliation

When Florida workers face sexual harassment on the job, many are afraid to take action to stop the unwanted advances. These fears of losing a job or other forms of retaliation could be well-founded. According to a university study, most workers who come forward with complaints about sexual harassment are fired or experience some form of unjust treatment on the job shortly thereafter. The Center for Employment Equity reported that 64 percent of harassment complainants lost their jobs within one year of making their claim.

How employment contracts may limit employee rights

Employees in Florida and throughout the country may be unable to tell their stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. This is because many employment contracts require workers to take their cases to arbitration. Once an arbitration case is resolved, there is no chance to appeal the decision to a higher court or any other body. Employers may also have the right to keep information away from employees prior to an arbitration hearing.

Unions in entertainment industry team up against harassment

Many people in Pennsylvania and across the country have been appalled by the sexual harassment revelations that have been widely publicized in the entertainment industry. Spurred by allegations of harassment and assault against major movie producer Harvey Weinstein in late 2017, the #MeToo movement has revealed numerous examples of serious harassment, often carried out by well-known figures in the entertainment industry as well as politics, tech and other fields. Now, trade unions in entertainment have launched a new alliance in order to strengthen the battle against sexual harassment in the workplace.

CBS gives anti-harassment grants after CEO scandal

Many people in Florida regularly watch CBS television programs, but the developing scandals surrounding sexual harassment at the network have also attracted significant public attention. The network's former chairman and CEO, Les Moonves, was dismissed in September 2018 after journalists revealed allegations from 12 different women about sexual harassment on the job, including groping, forced sexual encounters and retaliation if they complained about or resisted the unwanted sexual behavior.

Company leaders have a big role in stopping sexual harassment

Business and nonprofit leaders in Florida exert a strong influence on their workplace cultures. When allegations of sexual harassment arise at an organization, leaders' responses could shape how the staff views the problem. Leaders who take strong stances to condemn the problem may foster a culture where people consider the behavior unacceptable. Staff members will anticipate that the organization will take complaints seriously. In contrast, leaders who downplay allegations or deny them outright transmit the message that perpetrators will be treated leniently and victims could face retaliation.

Sexual harassment and retail jobs

During the holiday season and around the year, many Florida residents seek out jobs in the retail sector as their main source of employment or a supplemental income. While coverage of sexual harassment in the workplace has become more prominent, retail workers are often vulnerable due to their youth, relatively low pay and lack of experience. In addition, many retail workplaces may see blended personal friendships and work relationships, leading to poorly defined boundaries for personal conduct. Many retail companies have not taken firm action on harassment, leading to a worse situation for all employees.

Study finds differing opinions on sexual harassment

Florida residents and others tend to view sexual harassment differently based on their gender. That is according to research from a recent American Family Survey. Of those who responded, 60 percent of women said that they had experienced some sort of harassment, and most of those cases took place at work. Only 28 percent of men who responded to the survey said that they had experienced inappropriate conduct.

The forest service's plan to combat workplace harassment

Florida residents concerned about sexual harassment at work should be aware of the Forest Service's new initiative meant to curb inappropriate attention. A newly appointed Forest Service director has promised to enact policies and adjust existing processes to keep workers safe from harassment.

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