Shuster & Saben aggressively represents workers (male and female) in the areas of workplace harassment and discrimination. This includes sexual harassment claims. In Florida, it is unlawful to harass a person because of that person's sex. According the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC, harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general. Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Florida and Federal law prohibit sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
Sexual harassment and discrimination cases vary case-to-case. If you have a question or feel that you may be a victim or harassment or discrimination, contact us! The consultation is free and under the law, everything you tell us is confidential until you decide. We have offices statewide to assist you and a toll-free number as well. Call or email us at the office closest to you by clicking here.