There are various types of workplace discrimination to which Florida employees can be subjected. Sexual harassment is one kind of treatment that involves unwelcome behavior with a sexual connotation. Unfortunately, despite the changing of workplace environments to accommodate both men and women across all industries, it is not uncommon for a supervisor to demand a sexual relationship in exchange for a promotion or other favorable treatment.
Employees nationwide, including in Florida, have certain rights that may not be violated by employers or co-workers. A lieutenant with a fire department in another state claimed her early retirement followed years of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. A jury agreed that her rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act were violated and awarded her $806,000 for punitive and emotional damages, along with lost wages for the earnings she forfeited by early retirement.
Many Florida readers may frequent Hooters when they are in the mood for some wings, but, apparently in some instances, the treatment of the employees is not as good as the food. Two male employees of the restaurant who worked outside the state have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in a superior court against the company and their former manager. The men claim that they were the victims of physical and emotional abuse and are looking to the court to right the injustices against them.
Behind closed doors, many immigrant workers in Florida and across the country are exposed to sexual harassment. Many who are aggrieved are afraid to speak up out of fear of retaliation, which only allows the improper behavior to continue. A group of eight immigrant workers from another state fought against their fears and filed a sexual harassment claim against a luxury condo association, and they are finally receiving justice.
Most Florida employers know how to joke with their employees in an appropriate manner that makes them smile and does not cause them discomfort. An out-of-state woman who worked at a dental office alleges that she was forced to leave her job after about two years because her boss victimized her. She has filed a sexual harassment case in a Superior Court in the hopes that she will soon be able to find work again and seek justice for his actions.
Imagine if every day at work consisted of being on alert for fear of being touched or groped unwillingly. How long should this kind of conduct continue before there is an intervention? A man who worked for a grocery store outside of Florida claims that he suffered sexual harassment for years at the hands of his co-workers and has filed his claim in a federal court.
It takes a lot of courage for employees in Florida and elsewhere to stand up for themselves if they believe that they are being harassed, but it unfortunately is a situation that most simply endure. A former employee of T-Mobile alleges that after she presented her sexual harassment complaint, she was told that she could not speak about it under the threat of facing repercussions. She claims that she was working hard and being successful in her position until she was placed under her new supervisor.
A woman who worked for the Pines police department in Florida claims that her relationship with a co-workers had turned into a nightmare. The former police aide alleges that she was the victim of sexual harassment after she ended her relationship with an officer. She began working for the department in 2010 and entered into the relationship five months later. The relationship lasted less than two years.
The Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate on the basis of sex. Those who have experienced unwanted behavior or harassment in the workplace might understand the trauma that a group of Latino women suffered in another state. Their situation was recently resolved by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Florida may be a great place to relax and get away for visitors, but a staff member tells a different story of what happens behind closed doors. A woman who worked as a housekeeper and groundskeeper for the resort alleges that she was subjected to sexual harassment at the hands of her manager. She claims that her complaints about the uncomfortable situation got her fired.