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Potential harassment leads to Florida officer's termination

The way co-workers and superiors interact with each other can play a significant role in the comfort level of a workplace environment. If one worker makes another worker feel uncomfortable through harassment or other negative behaviors, the environment can become difficult to work in. As a result, a complaint may be filed and action may need to be taken.

A police officer in Florida was recently terminated from his position after allegedly not cooperating into an investigation of his behavior. A female officer had reported that the male officer had been known to show up unexpectedly while she was conducting her duties and watch her on multiple occasions. This behavior also extended to when the female employee was on her lunch breaks.

Though it was reported that superiors often check on the status of other officers, the Deputy City Manager expressed concerned over the male officer's behavior. However, the male officer was apparently uncooperative during an internal investigation of his actions, and the investigation was unable to be completed. As a result, the officer was let go from his position with the department.

Though the investigation into the potential harassment was unable to be completed, it appears that the situation was approached in a serious manner. Unfortunately, not all workplace harassment claims are looked into as efficiently, and employees must take their own legal action to remedy the situation. If a Florida worker faces harassment in the workplace, he or she may wish to look into state employment laws to determine what actions should be taken to better the situation.

Source:, Mascotte officer fired during investigation of conduct, Roxanne Brown, Feb. 22, 2014

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