Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is a problem all over the United States. The great state of Florida is no exception. Probably more distressing is the fact that issues with workplace sexual harassment happen in nearly every industry - including law enforcement.
Despite the efforts of the legal system in recent decades, many forms of discrimination and harassment continue to occur in Broward County workplaces. In many cases, the emotional consequences of work-based sexual harassment have a serious impact on victims' home lives. Individuals can suffer from lost wages, interpersonal relationships can be negatively affected and levels of self-esteem can drop dramatically.
Stories posted on this blog regularly show that there is no shortage of injustice in the workplace. While inappropriate and illegal workplace actions are sadly common, most of us would nonetheless like to believe in the court system as the voice of reason that allows wronged individuals to find justice.
It has traditionally been a sign of maturity and responsibility for teenagers to have a part-time job while still in high school. Many parents encourage their teens to seek gainful employment, both as a means of earning spending money and getting a taste of the "real world."
In Florida, whenever employees believe that they are being sexually harassed in the workplace, it is important to seek help immediately. This is because many times management may attempt to dissuade the employee from pursuing a sexual harassment claim for many obvious reasons.
When it comes to employment law, the exact company title and practical position of the players in any given case make a difference in the case's ultimate outcome. For example, some laws protecting workers from sexual harassment and discrimination of all kinds only apply when a direct supervisor is committing the offending acts. The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case centering on the question "Who is a supervisor" for the purposes of employment law cases.
When government employers are held accountable for unacceptable behavior through employment discrimination suits, the settlement or judgment awards are often paid with tax payer money. As a result, large damage awards paid by local governments tend to make headlines.
Most people think they know how they would react to a scenario involving victimization or injustice. We tell our children to stand up to bullies, and we know extrinsically that it is not ok for other people to violate our rights.
In 1970, 46 women rocked the business industry when they sued Newsweek Magazine. In particular, they alleged that they had been harmed by workplace gender discrimination, which was a novel thing to claim at the time. In fact, they were the first female media workers to sue as a result of discrimination based in sex or gender.
One of the nation's largest grape growers has agreed to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a 17-year-old female farm worker.