Harassment and Discrimination at the Workplace

Sexual harassment is perhaps one of the most well known forms of harassment occurring at the workplace. However, many states and local governments, including Florida, have anti-discrimination laws and prohibitions against harassment in the workplace. In general, workplace "harassment" can be defined as any speech or action which is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or abusive work environment (more...) .

Harassment can occur between any two people. A woman can harass a man and a man is capable of harassing another man. The harasser can be supervisor, a coworker, or a third party such as an agent or client of the employer. The key is whether the employer knew or should have known of the harassing behavior and failed to take action.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behavior, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that can be interpreted as a requirement for obtaining or maintaining employment. Sexual harassment can also result from a workplace atmosphere of unwelcome sexual innuendos, sexual comments, risque jokes and other verbal assaults that create a hostile working environment.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

This federal law prohibits employment discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of race, religion, sex, and national origin (more...) .

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

The ADEA prohibits employment discrimination and/or harassment against persons 40 years of age or older. Discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of age is unlawful in respect to these persons.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

The ADA prohibits discrimination and/or harassment against people with disabilities in the workforce. It also requires most businesses and other places open to the public to ensure that "reasonable accommodations" are made for many types of disabilities (more...) .

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