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Research shows prevalence of workplace sexual violence

According to a national study, close to 1 of every 18 women and 1 of every 40 men have been the victim of workplace sexual harassment. The study was reported in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Employees who experience sexual misconduct at work in Florida might have actionable claims for damages. According to the study's lead author, sexual violence is both preventable and prevalent and includes unwanted sexual contact, unwanted experiences like sexual remarks or exposure of body parts, coerced or pressured sex and unwanted penetration with use of force or drugs or alcohol.

"60 Minutes" employee alleges retaliation after complaint

One associate producer at "60 Minutes" on CBS filed a lawsuit accusing the network of gender discrimination and retaliation, troubling some of the news program's many watchers in Florida. The woman alleges she was subjected to further mistreatment after filing a complaint about inappropriate conduct by her supervisor. Based in London, she said that a producer on the program texted her a photo that caused her discomfort and fear. According to the producer, he intended to send the photo to his sister but sent it to his subordinate at work instead.

Women accuse airline of pregnancy discrimination

Frontier Airlines is a popular choice for flights to and from Florida, but the airline is facing a lawsuit from female flight attendants and pilots who say they were subject to discrimination while pregnant or for being new mothers. They filed two federal lawsuits saying that the airline forced pregnant women to take extended leave, largely without pay. They were ordered to stop flying long before their due dates, months in some cases. Previously, complaints had been made against Frontier to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission citing discrimination against pregnant women.

Riot Games to pay $10 million to settle discrimination lawsuit

Florida residents who follow the video gaming industry will likely know that several developers and publishers have been accused of allowing toxic work environments to flourish. An investigation into working conditions at Riot Games that was published in 2018 by the video game website Kotaku prompted two female workers to sue the company over alleged violations of California's Equal Pay Act. Media reports on Dec. 12 state that Riot Games has agreed to pay $10 million to settle the lawsuit.

Lawmakers hope to broaden FMLA benefits for married couples

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires public and most private sector employers in Florida and around the country to provide their workers with job protection while they take unpaid leave to tend to qualified family and health-related matters. Under the law, eligible workers are able to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks during a 12-month period to recover from a serious illness, take care of an ailing parent or tend to the needs of a new baby. However, the landmark 1993 law allows employers to require married couples to share this unpaid leave.

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