When a Florida resident begins working at a job, that individual may feel excited about the opportunities that a new job can bring. However, that excitement can quickly be quelled if he or she faces sexual harassment on the job. The situation can become even more disheartening when complaints go seemingly unheard and the inappropriate behavior is allowed to continue.
A woman in another state recently filed a claim against her former employer after she faced harassment on the job. It was reported that several employees made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature when discussing the woman and other female employees. She stated that male workers often "ranked" female workers based on the size of their breasts and sent inappropriate photographs.
A representative for the company stated that after an initial complaint a worker was fired in relation to the situation. However, the former employee who filed the lawsuit stated that there were no actions taken to stop the harassment to which she was subjected. The woman was later terminated from her position, which she feels was done in retaliation for filing her complaints about the workplace atmosphere.
Sexual harassment in the workplace should not be tolerated in any capacity. While informing a supervisor of the actions should be the first step, there are instances in which this action may not be enough. Luckily, there are additional steps that may fit the situation and can help Florida employees work toward ending such harassment, as well as possibly seeking compensation for associated losses. Retaliation for complaints should also not occur and could warrant action of its own.
Source: The Washington Post, "Former employee sues Zillow for sexual harassment", Gail Sullivan, Dec. 3, 2014