Being harassed at a place of employment can be considerably difficult for Florida employees. Sexual harassment can range from inappropriate comments to unwanted physical contact, and employees should be able to report such actions in hopes of seeing steps taken to end such behavior. If a worker is the victim of such harassment and supervisors do not address the situation, additional action may be necessary.
A lawsuit was recently filed in another state by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, on behalf of a teenage employee of Kroger. It was reported that the female worker had been hired when she was 15, and she had been subjected to inappropriate comments from an older male coworker. It was reported that she filed many complaints with her superiors, but the actions continued over several years.
The female worker then took further action and reported the harassment to higher ranking individuals after consulting the company hotline. The EEOC reportedly attempted to come to a settlement with Kroger before filing the suit, but a settlement was apparently unable to be reached. The suit it seeking damages for the female worker as well as taking steps to ensure that the grocery store chain does not condone such harassment in the future.
This situation is a prime example of a worker having to take additional action when her superiors did not address her complaints. If Florida workers find themselves facing sexual harassment in the workplace, they should not be afraid of reporting the actions. Should the actions not be appropriately dealt with, the victims may have further legal options available to them and finding out more could be helpful.
Source: arkansasmatters.com, "EEOC Sues Kroger for Sexual Harassment of North Little Rock Teen", , Sept. 24, 2014