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April 2011 Archives

FAU employee reprimanded for hostile work environment: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a recent incident at FAU. A parking enforcement officer at the University was formally reprimanded for creating a hostile work environment after he displayed a racially-charged photo and a hangman's noose in his office.

FAU employee reprimanded for hostile work environment: Part I

A parking enforcement officer at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in nearby Boca Raton was recently reprimanded by the University for creating a hostile work environment. The incident for which he was reprimanded involved his decision to display a racially-charged photograph and what appeared to be a hangman's noose in his office.

Florida House seeks to reduce unemployment benefits to workforce

Though not specifically a matter of employment law, an issue of great interest to the Florida workforce is currently making its' way through the state legislature. Last month, the Florida House of Representatives took steps to diminish the rights of workers, make our state one of the least advantageous places in the nation to lose your job.The bill that passed through the House in March aims to cut the standard number of weeks a person is eligible to receive unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20. This reduction of six weeks represents a notable deviation from the standard 26 weeks employed by a majority of states in the nation. This proposed reduction is an interesting move for Florida, as our state is already known to offer very little by way of employee benefits in comparison with other states.

Florida's LGBT Competitive Workforce Act fails to receive a hearing

Sad news came last week when it was relayed that a bill making its way through the state House of Representatives aimed at protecting the rights of Florida's LGBT community would not likely receive a hearing this year. The bill seeks to provide such individuals with basic protections against discriminatory practices and unfair treatment in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation, age, disability and race.A key player in the formation of the "Competitive Workforce Act" (House Bill 361) has been an organization by the name of Equality Florida. Their director of public policy, Mallory Wells, informed the news media last week that due to the high number of new lawmakers in their first year of service, the focus of her organization was forced to shift during this legislative session to networking with and educating these individuals on fundamental issues affecting the LGBT community. Wells believes such action was necessary before pushing for specific legislation like the Competitive Workforce Act.

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