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Why don't more people report sexual harassment?

If you are the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace in Florida, you may be one of the many who have not shared it with anyone. There are many reasons why people who experience sexual harassment do not report it, and this continues to be an issue around the country.

What should I know about genetic discrimination?

Many forms of discrimination involve unfairly punishing someone due to the person's gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. However, the increasing use of genetic information reveals another way that employers discriminate against current or prospective workers. It is important that Florida residents understand that their genetic information should never be used against them in hiring, firing or promotional decisions.

Why sexual harassment is so difficult to prove

Here at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto, P.A., in Florida, we represent many workers who have suffered some form of workplace discrimination. For many, their on-the-job problem has been sexual harassment. We know, therefore, how especially distraught and offended you feel when your boss or one of your co-workers harasses you this way.

Can men be victims of sexual harassment?

If you have ever suffered from unwelcome sexual comments or advances while working, you may be familiar with being a victim of sexual harassment. Sadly, this isn’t uncommon in workplaces across various industries in the United States. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 13,055 claims of sexual harassment were filed in 2018 alone. Surprisingly, 15.9 percent of these claims were made by male workers. Sexual harassment was once thought of as actions of men harassing women. Yet, as these statistics show, the tables are turning with more men claiming to be victims of harassment. Whether this behavior has occurred for quite some time and men have not wanted to report the incidents out of fear of embarrassment or the rate of incidents have increased over the years, people are becoming more aware of men being victims of harassment.

What are the effects of employment discrimination on businesses?

As an employee, you may already know that employment discrimination and harassment are not permitted in Florida workplaces. To prevent these situations from occurring, your workplace may have harassment awareness programs and reporting protocols in place. Until you witness or experience discrimination or harassment on the job, you might not realize just how badly such an event could impact your workplace.

What is a protected class?

Many people who are employed in Florida are aware that there are federal laws in place designed to ensure that they do not experience harassment or discrimination at work. However, not everyone may know exactly what groups or people are protected by these laws and how they work. You should know that essentially every person is offered some type of protection per the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Getting the facts on being slighted at work

Florida employees have the right to work in an environment without experiencing behavior that feels threatening or offensive. However, it is not always clear where the line is drawn between an outright hostile work environment and the occasional lapse in courtesy, which is basically just a petty slight. Some behavior, though rude and unwelcome, might not be considered a form of workplace harassment. 

What is affirmative action?

People in Lakeland often associate affirmative action with workplace discrimination, and rightfully so. Affirmative action policies are aimed at preventing discrimination based on race, sex or national origin. What is misunderstood about affirmative action is that many believe it to be a law. While in some contexts, it may appear to be, affirmative action is more of an ideology that drives policy. 

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