Florida Sexual Assault in the Work Place
Sexual Abuse & Assault by Co-Workers, Supervisors & Non-Employees
Employers have a legal responsibility to provide employees with a safe work place – protecting employees from preventable and foreseeable violence and sexual assault. While no company, business or organization can completely prevent or eliminate workplace violence or sexual assaults, by implementing and following certain procedures, programs and training, they can reduce the chance of sexual assaults and battery from happening.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
, physical abuse, rape and sexual abuse is
where victims are subject to unwanted hitting, touching someone sexually, manipulating or forcing someone to have sex.
The United States Department of Justice
reports that women are the victims in 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults that take place in the workplace – at least 29,000 acts of rape or sexual assault each year. The abuser or sexual offender can be of the same or opposite sex, a supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker or a non-employee.
Unfortunately victims are often afraid to report a work place assault. Many fear abuser retaliation, fear wrongful termination and fear not being believed. The Journal of Abnormal Psychology
found that 50 percent of rape victims lose their jobs or are forced to quit in the aftermath of the crime.Potential Causes of Work Place Sexual Abuse:
- Negligent or Inadequate Security – employer’s facility and property lack inadequate lighting, poorly maintaining locks or security systems, lack of employee training to recognize or diffuse potentially violent situations, etc.
- Negligent Hiring & Negligent Retention – employer hires someone without completing the proper background checks (sexual predators, criminal background checks) and the new hire assaults a co-worker. This also includes an employer’s negligent retaining of an employee who has a known propensity for violence.
While the perpetrator may be facing criminal charges, civil penalties may also be brought up against not only the perpetrator, but the employer may be liable to the victim for civil damages. Farmer Jaffe Weissing’s attorneys
represent victims of workplace violent or sexual crimes in civil lawsuits, which focus on holding the assailant accountable for harm that they cause to victims. We also provide countless hours of our time talking to individuals who have been victims of violent or sexual crimes and helping them through the many issues that crime victims encounter such as:
- Options for payment of emergency and medical expenses
- An understanding of the police investigation or criminal justice system
- Available counseling
- Options for pursuing civil justice for the crime committed
If you or a loved one has been the victim of workplace rape or assault as a result of inadequate security, negligent hiring or other reason, contact our workplace sexual assault and abuse attorneys
to discuss your legal rights.