Just because someone is famous or “influential,” doesn’t mean they are immune to laws and morals.
Jason Campbell, a doctor in Gainesville, Florida, became famous on TikTok for leading dance routines with other doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Known as the “TikTok Doc,” Campbell probably felt a sense of untouchableness and ego in the workplace.
In February of 2021, he was accused of and subsequently sued for sexual harassment by a fellow doctor at his hospital. He was then placed on leave. The plaintiff, a younger woman, accused Campbell of leaning into her and pressing his penis on her body. He also allegedly sent her a photo of his erect penis via text message.
The plaintiff told him off via text message and Campbell responded saying, “I should’ve asked. I’m sorry.”
When the allegations came to light, more victims came forward, and a bigger conversation began about the hospital’s alleged lack of effort in preventing sexual harassment. The plaintiff is currently seeking $4.5 million in compensation from Campbell and the hospital, and a whopping $40.5 million in punitive damages just from Campbell alone.
This underlines the fact that if you were the victim of sexual harassment in Florida, you have rights, legal options, and a chance to receive compensation. If you need help with a sexual harassment lawsuit, get in touch with an experienced Florida-based attorney today.
What are the laws regarding sexual harassment?
At the federal level, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits all sexual harassment in the workplace for public and private companies with more than 15 employees. In Title VII, sexual harassment is considered a form of sex-based discrimination.
Most states have their own state-level laws to protect workers from sexual harassment as well. In Florida, the Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits employment practices that discriminate based on sex, pregnancy, or marital status, this law follows more or less the same guidelines as The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Also at the federal level is Title XI of the Education Amendments of 1972. This Act is ostensibly the same as Title VII, but for educational institutions. Since many people’s careers and workplaces tend to crossover with education, such as university hospitals, Title XI is often invoked before other laws.
What exactly constitutes sexual harassment?
Generally speaking, there are two types of sexual harassment to look out for. One is “quid pro quo” where someone tries to exchange a job benefit for sexual favors, for example, a boss bribing an intern with a pay raise in exchange for oral sex.
The other type is “hostile work environment” sexual harassment where someone violates another person with a type of sexual misconduct. For example, unwanted touching, stalking, or rude comments.
Get in touch with a qualified Florida sexual harassment attorney today to help get the compensation you deserve.