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The American Psychological Association estimates that even in the days of a political correct society, approximately 71% of working women will be subjected to sexual harassment during their working careers. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a violation of both federal and state law.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended in 1972, 1978 and 1991, affords employees the right to work in an environment free from discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult. This law establishes a clear and explicit federal policy against sexual harassment in the workplace. The statute, as interpreted by EEOC regulations and the courts, gives employees the right to work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment. Moreover, the law is clear that an employer is required to take adequate corrective action to eliminate sexual harassment from the workplace and to take necessary steps to prevent its occurrence in the future.
The Florida Legislature enacted the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 which took effect on October 1, 1992. This law provides for a trial by jury and permits a court to award compensatory damages, i.e., pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc. and punitive damages not to exceed $100,000.00.
There are specific procedures which must be followed in order to take advantage of this legal remedy, which our firm is well equipped to guide you through.
Budgen Law aggressively defends the legal rights of workers involved in a sexual harassment dispute or other employment and labor law legal issues. We will addresses all related issues that should be taken into consideration when pursuing sexual harassment legal claims.