If someone were to tell you that United States taxpayers have paid for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of sexual harassment settlements, the idea would seem ridiculous. The fact is, it's true.
Most of us know what sexual harassment is on an intellectual level, but it's not as easy to identify it when it happens until it's too late and the situation has gotten out of control. Often, in the initial stages of sexual harassment, an employee will dismiss the behavior, believing that it will stop if he or she just ignores it. However, if you can identify the behavior early, you have a better chance of speaking up and getting it to stop before things get out of control.
The last month has been such a watershed of sexual harassment allegations in the news that many of us are spinning, wondering which celebrity -- which important political figure -- is going face accusations of sexual misconduct next. While everyone will agree that it's good to stop this kind of behavior and hold those who commit it accountable, some may be wondering about what they should do if they become the victims of sexual harassment moving forward.
A Florida state senator has been accused of multiple sexual harassment and sexual misconduct violations by six different women. State Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater was accused of inappropriately touching multiple women and making demeaning comments regarding their bodies. The man was accused after he put his name into the mix for upcoming Florida governor's race.
Florida employers can clean up even the most disgusting workplace environments that are fraught with sexual harassment by taking specific steps. This is not to say that the cleanup process will be easy, or that the people who are engaging in sexual harassment will be happy about it, but it's definitely possible to make things right at your workplace again.
A toxic workplace culture has been revealed by employees of the National Park Service. A shocking 39 percent of National Park Service employees say that they have been either discriminated against or harassed at work. The details were revealed in a complaint made by employees to the Interior Department.
A lot of sexual harassment lawsuits focus on toxic workplace culture. That's because Florida workplaces and employers are required to offer their employees a workplace that is free of offensive, sexualized banter and sexual harassment. In some situations, workplace culture serves to promote this bad behavior. Employers have a legal duty to squelch this kind of culture as soon as it rears its ugly head.
A survey of approximately 900 physical therapists revealed that 80 percent of them experience on-the-job sexual harassment. According to the study, inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of patients is a common experience for most physical therapists.
Sexual harassment is an awful scourge that has affected American society for far too long. Fortunately, nearly all large companies have adopted zero-tolerance sexual harassment policies. Nevertheless, with all the attention on sexual harassment, other forms of harassment often go unchecked, and these forms of harassment can be just as harmful.
If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job -- either through retaliation after reporting an instance of sexual harassment or as a result of unfair treatment for some other reason -- you may be able to pursue a wrongful termination lawsuit. During this lawsuit, you will want to ask for a variety of financial remedies for damages that you have suffered as a result of the wrongful termination.