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Handling the denial of sexual harassment

We have covered many different aspects of sexual harassment on our blog and sadly, this continues to remain a problem in workspaces across the country. In Florida, many people are subjected to sexual harassment while they are trying to perform their job and some may be too afraid to step forward, whether they worry about possible repercussions or think that nobody will take them seriously. Moreover, some people who subject others to sexual harassment deny that any wrongdoing took place, which can make these cases especially difficult. That said, victims deserve justice and should be relentless when it comes to holding offenders accountable.

#MeToo brought a 12-percent jump in sexual harassment charges

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of sexual harassment complaints rose 12 percent during its last fiscal year, the first rise in complaint levels in 10 years. The number of sexual harassment lawsuits the agency filed was also up by 50 percent over the previous fiscal year. The timing of these increases suggests that the #MeToo movement has had an influence.

CBS's Moonves out after new claims of sexual misconduct surface

CBS's chief executive Les Moonves has resigned after six more women brought forward allegations of past sexual misconduct against the veteran television executive. Previously, six other women made allegations, resulting in an investigation at CBS.

Survey: Workplace harassment often committed by senior colleagues

According to a survey of 250 men and 250 women employed full time in the U.S., more than a third of all respondents -- 35 percent -- said they had experienced some form of harassment in the workplace. Among women, the number was 41 percent. About half of those who had experienced harassment said it was gender-based.

Barnes & Noble: Former CEO was fired over sexual harassment claim

When bookseller Barnes & Noble fired its CEO Demos Parneros last month, the only explanation was that he had been let go for violating company policy. Now, Parneros has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of defamation and breach of contract. That led B&N to publicly clarify that the firing was partly in response to a sexual harassment complaint. Parneros claims the alleged sexual harassment complaint was pretextual, and that he had really been fired without warning after a deal to sell the bookseller fell through. He is seeking $4 million in severance, along with equity and damages.

Jury awards $1.25 million for retaliation by professor, Columbia

When Enrichetta R. filed a sexual harassment complaint against a senior colleague at Columbia University business school, she may have expected some push-back. Although retaliation if illegal, it's unfortunately not uncommon for some form of retaliation to occur after a discrimination complaint.

CJR: Photojournalism has a sexual harassment problem

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) recently released an investigative report on sexual harassment of female photojournalists by industry colleagues. Unfortunately, the investigation turned up evidence that the industry has a serious problem with sexual harassment and misconduct. In interviews with more than 50 people over the course of five months, CJR learned that the issue is so pervasive that many have long considered sexual harassment and even assault as prices women simply have to pay to work in the field.

Suit: Dentons law firm worker treated like sexual object, hushed

A business development specialist at the multinational law firm Dentons has filed a state lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation. The alleged events took place at the New York office of the firm, which has offices across the U.S., including in Miami.

Summer interns and students are vulnerable to sexual harassment

Whether you're a student working one of your first jobs or an intern gaining valuable knowledge and experience, you should know that you have the right to a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, many people either don't realize that fact or are afraid to stand up for their rights.

Occupations most at risk of sexual harassment

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more people have become more forthcoming about the harassment they have endured over the years. Although the movement has so far focused primarily on Hollywood and politics, harassment occurs in every industry. The issue may even be more prevalent than most people realize because some workers are still too afraid to come forward. 

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