Brandon, FL asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida

Q: can I go to jail for sexual harassment in Florida

3 Lawyer Answers
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: No. While "sexual harassment" depending on how it's defined, may sometimes involve civil liability, it doesn't constitute a crime as such, unlike such crimes as sexual battery, etc.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
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  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: There are many different forms of "sexual harassment." Most forms do not involve any physical touching, like leering at women, making unwanted sexual comments, telling crude sexual jokes where others are present and other similar unwelcome acts committed in the workplace. However, some forms of sexual harassment involve unwanted physical touching, like intentionally bumping into someone in a sexual manner, massaging someone's neck or shoulders, touching or grabbing other body parts and licking or kissing someone against their will.

Most if not all of these physical acts of sexual harassment can also constitute criminal sexual battery--which, BTW--do not have to happen in a workplace.

Roger P. Foley
Roger P. Foley
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Probably not but it makes you a donkey. Don't do it. You will lose your job, be shamed on social media and possibly be sued. Think about ramification before acting/speaking.

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