In Florida, whenever employees believe that they are being sexually harassed in the workplace, it is important to seek help immediately. This is because many times management may attempt to dissuade the employee from pursuing a sexual harassment claim for many obvious reasons.
This is what happened to an employee who was hired back in 2000. He says that not long after he took the position, his boss made an unwanted proposition towards him. In addition, he also says that his superior made unwanted sexual advances towards him during a trip to his boss' ranch.
In answer, his former boss says that they had a consensual relationship, and that any interactions between the two were not harassment.
After the employee raised the sexual harassment allegations, his employer tried to persuade him not to pursue legal action. They agreed to pay him $200,000, along with providing him with lifetime health benefits in settlement of those claims.
However, this settlement was made public, something that the employee says he did not agree to. Now he is adding to his sexual harassment claim claims for invasion of his privacy and defamation because his identity was disclosed during a press conference detailing the settlement agreement.
As a result, the settlement agreement fell through and the employee is continuing on with his sexual harassment lawsuit.
This story is a good example of how an employee can stand up for himself and attempt to protect his right to be able to work free from harassment in the workplace.
Source: Daily News, "Retired LAUSD chief seeks dismissal of sexual harassment lawsuit against him," Dec. 6, 2012