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Harassment in the Workplace

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Introduction

Workplace harassment occurs frequently in the United States. Because the topic is based off a subjective perception, it is often a highly contentious issue between coworkers. However, in the State of Florida, there are multiple protections for those who are harassed in the workplace. Here at the Orlando Accident Attorney, we handle each sort of employment-related workplace harassment cases for the plaintiff. There are additional protections provided forth by the federal government to prevent employee and workplace discrimination based on sexual harassment, and the law pertaining to such is listed here below.

Florida and Federal Law

First, Title VII is a federal law that protects claimants who have been harassed at the workplace because it prohibits any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, and national origin.[1] Secondly, there is protection for employees against workplace harassment of a disabled person.[2] And finally, under federal law, there is protection against workplace harassment for age discrimination.[3] Under Florida law, the prohibited workplace harassment discrimination bill falls under the FCRA, which is the Florida Civil Rights Act, which protects against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status.[4]

Injury Criteria

There are multiple types of workplace harassment: sexual harassment, quid pro quo harassment, hostile work environment harassment, age, sex, gender harassment, physical abuse harassment, and verbal abuse harassment. Each of these carries with a different set of injury criteria specifically under the Florida law for filing a claim. The overarching injury criteria for a person who has suffered workplace harassment is a person that has been in one of the mentioned scenarios above and has had a hostile work environment or some form of unwanted or reoccurring contact that creates an inappropriate work environment that is not work-related. Some examples may include offensive jokes, physical contact that is unwanted, types of intimidation tactics or physical threats, racial slurs, gender slurs, and any other sort of harassment that would create a toxic or hostile work environment.

Orlando Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one have been a victim of workplace harassment, then you will need to take the appropriate procedural and substantive steps to file the proper claim against your employer and workplace. This is often a very nuanced process to be able to receive the proper compensation and remedy for the hostile workplace harassment that has occurred. Here at the Orlando Accident Attorney, we have experience in representing the plaintiff who has been injured or harassed. Please give us a call at 407-706-3909 or email us at brandon@mblynchfirm.com.

Date: May 6, 2022

Author: Brandon Salter, Esq.


[1]  https://www.eeoc.gov/statutes/title-vii-civil-rights-act-1964

[2]  https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/ada

[3]  https://www.eeoc.gov/age-discrimination

[4]  http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0760/Sections/0760.01.html