Harassment in the workplace is not defined by gender. Both men and women in Florida and across the country can become victims of sexual harassment. Recently, a former reporter for CBS claims he was subjected to a hostile work environment. The plaintiff started at CBS as a freelancer and then proceeded to have a successful career that soon had him handling high-profile assignments. Although his career was flourishing, the man claims he was enduring sexual harassment from his male co-workers.
According to his complaint, at a holiday party, the senior producer was drunk and began to grab the plaintiff and inappropriately touch him. Even though he was sent a letter of apology later, the abuse purportedly did not stop there. In another instance, the plaintiff claims he was at a bar to discuss business with the evening news director when the conversation took a turn to discussing his sexuality. The former reporter admitted he was bisexual, but the director allegedly insisted that he was strictly gay and began to send him links to websites featuring pornographic material. Despite his requests for the sexual harassment to stop, it allegedly continued.
The plaintiff did not report the incidents immediately, but, once he did, he claims that nothing changed. From all of the stress of the situation, he began to have nightmares and experienced trouble sleeping. This led to him becoming late for work for which he received disciplinary action. Ultimately, the man quit because the situation at CBS had become too much for him to handle. The company claims that it takes sexual harassment claims seriously, and that the claims the plaintiff made are unfounded.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. A victimized Florida worker should promptly follow company protocol and bring attention to the situation. If the hostility continues, the worker may then choose to file a claim against his or her employer, which could possibly result in financial relief being awarded by a civil court.
Source: thewrap.com, "CBS Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit by Reporter Who Claims He Was Groped by 'Intoxicated' Boss", Tim Kenneally, April 2, 2015