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Microsoft defends record on sexual harassment

Sexual harassment continues to be a major concern for many Florida workers, whether their jobs are in customer service, office management or tech development. Some have claimed that tech giant Microsoft, the maker of the Windows operating system, has treated female workers improperly and failed to provide a proper response to workplace harassment reports. One senior executive responded to these claims by saying the corporation consistently investigates all harassment reports and that about 20 staff members were fired in 2017 over related complaints.

Sexual harassment rates decline in an uneven manner

Since 1997, the number of reported incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace has fallen more than 40 percent. In 1997, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received more than 16,000 sexual harassment complaints compared to 9,600 in 2017. This is attributed to better training as well as the increase in female managers. However, this trend does not necessarily apply to everyone in Florida and throughout the United States.

HR pros recognize need to increase sexual harassment training

Newly hired employees in Florida likely receive information about sexual harassment during their initial training and then hear about it very little after that. A survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management identified a lack of awareness among employees as a reason for not reporting sexual harassment. The survey questioned both human resource professionals and non-management employees. Although 94 percent of HR professionals knew about their employers' sexual harassment policies, 22 percent of rank-and-file employees did not know about the policies.

Florida works may not report workplace harassment

In 2017, the #MeToo movement shed light on the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment and the underlying pattern of victims' reluctance to report the behavior. Harassment may include inappropriate attention, unwanted sexual advances and lewd comments. According to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 12 percent of workers reported having experienced sexual harassment on the job. Of the respondents who indicated they had experienced workplace harassment, 72 percent did not report the situation to their employer. Of the workers who remained silent, 40 percent cited fear of being labeled a troublemaker as their reason. Many victims of workplace harassment fear wrongful termination and often believe filing a complaint will create a hostile work environment.

How pervasive is sexual harassment in the workplace?

The past few years have shed light on several injustices toward women that had gone unnoticed or unacknowledged in the past: Movements like #MeToo and the Hollywood allegation scandals have demonstrated how much abuse happens behind the scenes. With all of this activity done to further women's rights, citizens of Florida may notice how much their awareness has increased with regards to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in the workplace as well as what constitutes sexual abuse.

Explaining modern attitudes toward sexual harassment

When it comes to sexual harassment, age may play a significant role in how it is dealt with by Florida workers and others. Those who are older may be more likely to simply try to move past inappropriate encounters while younger workers may be more likely to report such behavior. One researcher believes that generational attitudes toward power at work may be better able to explain the difference in how sexual harassment is perceived.

Chef Mario Batali responds to sexual harassment allegations

Florida residents may be interested in learning the details about celebrity chef Mario Batali's decision to step away from his restaurant business and television show as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct. Batali has been the host of ABC's show 'The Chew" for several years. ABC put some distance between the company and Batali, asking him to step away from the show while the allegations made against him are reviewed.

Lessons from the sexual harassment scandals in Congress

Legislators from Florida are taking action on the recent scandals involving members of Congress and alleged unwanted sexual advances. The resignation of Sen. Al Franken and the planned retirement of Rep. John Conyers has prompted Congress to implement new rules with regard to sexual harassment awareness and training. During a news conference on the same day that Franken went public with his decision to step down from his legislative duties, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that members of Congress will be required to attend training on workplace harassment before every session.

Complaining about sexual harassment in Florida

Sex discrimination and harassment at Florida workplaces is illegal. Despite this, the behavior continues to occur, leading the victims to wonder what they can do about it. It is important for victims of workplace sexual harassment to understand how they should complain and what to expect once they do.

Why ignoring sexual harassment is bad for employers

Sexual harassment can take place regardless of what field a Florida resident may work in. Although cases of harassment occur in many different companies, only 30 percent of female victims make complaints according to a representative of the EEOC. A smaller number of victims will file a charge with the EEOC. In some cases, companies that know or suspect that harassment has taken place may ignore it or hesitate to take action.

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