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Florida workers may fear being fired for sexual harassment claims

When an uncomfortable situation is occurring at a place of employment, Florida workers may be able to handle it on their own. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and informing superiors of sexual harassment or other actions at work may be necessary. However, if supervisors do not take the appropriate action against such acts, taking legal matters may be necessary.

A former employee in another state has taken legal action against the county for which she worked due to wrongful termination. She claims that she and other female workers were sexually harassed while on the job. She also states that she reported those actions to her supervisors, but she believes the situation was not properly handled.

Due to feeling as if the investigation into the incidents was not adequately carried out, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was later terminated from her position with the county, and she believes that the firing stemmed from this complaint. As a result, she is pursuing a case against the county for wrongful termination.

Some employees may be afraid to report sexual harassment due to the results seen in this case. However, this case also shows how a former employee can fight back against unjust actions taken against them for reporting such misconduct. If Florida employees feel that they were wrongfully terminated from their jobs after reporting harassment or for other reasons, they may wish to assess their situation and determine whether pursuing a civil case in the state could fit their situation.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Galveston County sued after firing employee who reported sexual harassment", Annie Cosby, June 9, 2014

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