2 fired after sexual harassment at local Florida college
A sexual harassment investigation has led to the dismissal of two employees at the Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida. In addition, a department director has been put on probation in connection with the workplace discrimination incident, in which a law enforcement academy instructor was accused of harassing a victim. That person was reportedly not a student, and may have been another employee.
Authorities report that the perpetrator of the alleged harassment lost his job on Nov. 18. Further, a security consultant who witnessed the harassment – but failed to report it – was also dismissed that day. Even though the harassment had been reported by several other individuals in the department, a thorough investigation showed that one administrator failed to take action; she has been put on probation for her lack of oversight in the matter.
This is not the first time that the security consultant has been under scrutiny for sexual harassment and other related crimes. After spending 23 years in law enforcement, he was the subject of a shocking 15 internal affairs investigations. He was ultimately fired from the police department in Tarpon Springs because he allegedly took inappropriate video tape of a teenaged girl’s rear end. This person clearly has a habit of making inappropriate comments and taking unfair actions against others in the workplace – he deserves to be punished.
The investigation and subsequent dismissal of the two employees shows that the college is committed to ferretting out sexual harassment on its campus. Many workers who are harassed are not so lucky, though, as even high-up administrators fail to take action when they voice their concerns. For those workers, qualified employment attorneys in Florida can make all the difference, sometimes leading to the dismissal of inappropriate workers and even obtaining financial compensation for the victims of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a silent and pervasive problem in our nation’s workplaces. Don’t allow yourself to remain a victim. Instead, stand up for your rights as an employee.
Source: www.tampabay.com, “Two fired, academy director on probation after PHCC sexual harassment complaint” Alex Orlando, Nov. 19, 2013