Do You Need a St. Pete Florida Sexual Harassment Attorney?
Cantrell Zwetsch is one of few law firms in Florida that focuses its practice on employment law, including representing individuals in claims for sexual harassment and sexual assault. We know Florida sexual harassment laws backward and forwards. Unlike many other law firms, we purposefully limit the number of clients we represent in lawsuits. We focus on our core competencies, including sexual harassment claims. If you are considering a St. Pete Florida sexual harassment attorney, please give us a call at (813) 867-0115. Below provides an overview of sexual harassment law in Florida.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in St. Pete Florida?
In Florida, whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment is based on federal and state law. The following are some of the main laws that prohibit sexual harassment and place restrictions on whether a claim of sexual harassment will be successful:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII makes it unlawful for an employer to refuse to hire, to terminate the employment of, or to otherwise discriminate against an individual based on a protected class. “Protected classes” include sex, religion, color, race, sexual orientation, age, disability, and national origin. Title VII is a federal law that bans discrimination in the workplace. It applies to most employers with 15 or more employees. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII.
- Florida Civil Rights Act. Under the Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”), Florida treats and analyzes sexual harassment claims in the same manner as federal law.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of common examples of conduct that constitute sexual harassment under federal and Florida law:
- Unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature (e.g., kisses, hugs, butt or genital touching, rape)
- Unsolicited discussions or questions about sex
- Sexual jokes, innuendos, or explicit comments
- Propositioning someone else for sexual favors
- Threatening adverse employment actions if an employee doesn’t agree to sexual favors
- Nude or otherwise sexually inappropriate images in the workplace
- Surprise dates under the pretense of a “work meeting”
- Suggestive text messages or emails
- Inappropriate communications after work hours
- Cornering someone in a tight space
- Repeated compliments on the employee’s physical looks
- Unwanted or inappropriate gifts of a romantic/sexual nature
In Florida, to assert a claim of sexual harassment, individuals must timely file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for relief under Title VII and/or file a claim with the Florida Commission on Human Rights under the FCRA. Federal law imposes a 300-day statute of limitations on filing claims with the EEOC; this means you have 300 days from the date harassment occurred to file a claim under Title VII with the EEOC. Under Florida law, you have 365 days from the date the harassment occurred to file a claim under the FCRA with the Florida Commission on Human Rights. This is a required administrative process, prior to filing a lawsuit.
It’s important to talk to one of our St. Pete Florida employment lawyers for information regarding your specific situation. To learn more about the firm’s experience in sexual harassment and sexual assault cases, please see the firm’s sexual harassment practice.
Other Practice Areas
Cantrell Zwetsch is a litigation boutique with subject matter expertise in employment law. Common examples of disputes concerning employment law we handle include unpaid wages and overtime, discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, or religion, employee benefits, family and medical leave, hostile work environment, and retaliation. The attorneys at our law firm have handled a significant number of sexual harassment cases, representing both employers, employees, and third-parties. Knowing ahead of time the strategies that the other party will likely use enables us to represent you more effectively and with confidence. Please visit the firm’s litigation practice areas for more details on the type of disputes we handle and examples of past results.
What to Look for in a St. Pete Florida Sexual Harassment Attorney
As a reminder, when looking for a St. Pete Florida sexual harassment lawyer, you are encouraged to compare the background of the St. Pete Florida sexual harassment lawyers you are considering. Apart from subject matter experience, consider the educational background, past results, and what references say about their own experiences. At Cantrell Zwetsch, we are glad to share references, from individual business owners and executives to mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 companies. If you or your company is considering a top Florida sexual harassment attorney in St. Pete, consider Cantrell Zwetsch.