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Study finds female bosses face uphill battle at work

Research indicates that workers in Florida and elsewhere may not take kindly to being criticized by a female boss. A study hired 2,700 workers to transcribe receipts for a hypothetical boss who was given either a male or female name. After completing the task, a percentage of those workers were given feedback from their hypothetical managers. Generally speaking, participants were less enthusiastic about their work after receiving criticism from a woman as opposed to receiving it from a man.

$1.2 million awarded to police officer in harassment lawsuit

When one experiences sexual harassment in the workplace in Fort Lauderdale, it can easily feel like a violation of both their dignity and safety. The uneasiness that they feel is something that should be respected, not judged. It is for this very reason that employers who have been notified that such a violation has taken place are expected to act rather than be the adjudicators as to whether or not an offense actually took place. Oftentimes, the accuser is not even looking to get the person who harassed them in trouble, but rather is simply trying to escape the situation. When employers fail to act appropriately in such situations, they open themselves up to liability claims. 

Claims of sexual harassment continue to rise in workplaces

The #metoo movement has shined light sexual harassment in the workplace. While people are acutely more aware of the problem than in the past, claims of harassment continue to rise within American workplaces. Marketwatch examines these statistics to help people understand the scope of the problem facing workers. 

How can I heal from past sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment impacts people in more ways than one. Even if your workplace has sufficiently dealt with the issue, chances are you're still caught in the emotional aftermath. Proper healing from harassment is important both professionally and personally. Very Well Mind recommends taking the following steps after you've experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. 

What is toxic masculinity in the workplace?

Some common workplace tropes, such as pride in working the most hours or emphasizing a cut-throat process to get ahead, actually have roots in the concept of toxic masculinity. This diminishes the culture of a workplace and can also cause employees to partake in unhealthy competition. Inc. offers the following information so managers can identify these toxic elements and prevent them from doing harm to their workers. 

When sexual harassment is rampant in a business

We have discussed many of the consequences of sexual harassment, which include strong and difficult emotions, an inability to continue working at a particular location and trauma. Unfortunately, sexual harassment continues to shatter lives, even though a lot of attention has been given to this topic in recent months. In some instances, a particular business may have an especially troubling prevalence of sexual harassment, and the abuse may continue because nothing has been done to address the unlawful behavior. Under these circumstances, victims should immediately look into their options and may need to take legal action.

A look at how employees can prevent sexual harassment

When people hear reports about sexual harassment occurring in a professional environment, their first thoughts often turn to what the employer could have done to better protect their workers. While companies in Florida uphold a significant responsibility to implement protocols designed to discourage harassment and provide protection to at-risk groups of individuals, there are also preventative steps that employees can take to support their own safety in the workplace. 

Sexual harassment a pervasive problem in health care

While just about anyone who makes a living working in Florida runs the risk of experiencing on-the-job sexual harassment, statistics show that workers in certain industries are substantially more likely to experience this type of treatment than those employed in other fields. Health care workers, in particular, face a high likelihood of experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace. At the Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.A., we understand that on-the-job harassment can take a considerable toll on your life, and we have helped many people in health care and other industries pursue recourse after experiencing sexual harassment.

A new approach to sexual harassment at work

Businesses in Florida and across the country have no doubt been grappling with how best to address the seemingly unending number of sexual misconduct cases that are being reported. The issue of fair treatment and a truly harassment-free workplace is one that spans all companies regardless of industry or size. The existing laws appear to have been ineffective in eliminating the problem and that has made some assert that a new approach is needed when it comes to training on this topic.

Reporting your workplace romance to your employer

If asked to define "sexual harassment," you (and most in Fort Lauderdale) would like limit it to unwanted actions directed at a co-worker. Yet harassment regarding your own relationship may also fall into this category (particularly if you are engaged in an office romance). While you (and your romantic partner) should not be subjected to rude or disparaging comments, it is also important to recognize the need to handle office relationships delicately. One question that we here at The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.A. often field is whether or not people are required to report to their employers when they enter into a personal relationship with a co-worker. 

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