The Florida Commission on Ethics has decided to drop the sexual harassment case filed against Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White, citing he is already facing three years in prison for accepting bribes.
The sexual harassment case was filed by a former aide in May of 2011. The complaint against White alleges that he repeatedly harassed an aide and fired her because she refused his advances, an action that sexual harassment attorneys refer to as retaliation. White was also accused of a voting conflict.
The Commission determined the woman’s allegation had merit, but decided not to launch an ethics probe because of the cost to taxpayers and cited that White was already facing criminal charges for bribery.
White was found guilty of accepting a bribe from an undercover FBI agent to influence the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission which he chaired.
Harassment and discrimination of any kind creates a hostile work environment. Many employees subjected to repeated sexual harassment have steps they can take to stop the abuse. They must first report the misconduct to their superiors, but in many instances this doesn’t stop the behavior, so the victims then turn to a sexual harassment lawyer to end their abuse.
Any employee that has endured workplace abuse may be eligible for compensation. When these individuals retain a Florida sexual harassment attorney they will be compensated for any of their lost wages and any emotional distress they suffer.