If you have been in the workforce either as an employee or an employer in Florida for any length of time, you know that there are strong laws against sexual harassment at work. There may well have been a time when these laws were intended to protect female workers against alleged male perpetrators predominately but today, the scope of these laws is definitely much broader. According to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, every person in the workforce should be able to perform his or her duties without fear of harassing behavior.
The EEOC explains that treating one person differently than another in any way because they may be gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, female or male is quite simply illegal. It is also against the law to create a work environment in which another person feels unsafe or harrassed. This might even include making deragatory comments about a group of people based upon gender or sexual orientation. The comments do not have to be directed toward a specific individual.