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Florida sees fewer discrimination cases, still significant number

Going to work can range from being an enjoyable experience to something that fills an employee with dread to think about. On occasion, this dread can be the result of facing discrimination in the workplace that can make for a difficult working environment. If a person is the victim of such actions, they should understand that there are courses of action that they may be able to take to better their situations.

It was recently reported that Florida was the state that ranked second in the number of discrimination and harassment cases across the country. As such, employees in this state should understand that they should not feel uncomfortable in the workplace due to the actions of their coworkers or employers. If the need arises, they may wish to express their concerns to a superior or take legal action if necessary.

Luckily, it was also reported that the state saw a decrease in the number of harassment and discrimination cases filed. The number of charges saw a reduction of approximately 13 percent as the number dropped from 7,940 to 7,597. The state with the highest number of filings had over 9,000.

Seeing a reduction in the number of discrimination cases relating to employment is always a positive situation. However, this number is still significantly high, and those concerned with discrimination in the workplace may wish to learn more about their particular situations. Information on Florida state laws regarding discrimination and other unfair practices in the workplace could help an individual better assess his or her situation in order to determine whether pursuing legal action could be the right course.

Source: Miami Herald, "Workplace discrimination cases drop in Florida", Evan S. Benn, March 27, 2014

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