After more than two years of legal battles, the telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement will positively affect thousands of former AT&T employees who are seeking employment again since retiring.
Over the summer, several of our posts were focused on the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling in the gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Inc. If the case had been allowed to proceed, it would have been the largest class-action lawsuit in history, affecting over 1.5 million female plaintiffs throughout the country, including Florida.
Earlier this week, we wrote that the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in an employment lawsuit that could challenge the sovereignty of religious groups in the United States. The Court will decide whether the EEOC can pursue a lawsuit against a Lutheran school alleging retaliation and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
We often write about lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of those who were wrongfully fired or faced workplace discrimination. It is common for the EEOC to allege race discrimination, gender discrimination or violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
While it might be difficult to imagine, race discrimination is still a problem in the American workplace, even here in South Florida.
It can be difficult for people with disabilities to find work. For instance, we recently wrote about a woman with dwarfism who was fired from Starbucks because her height was thought to create a safety hazard for both employees and customers. The EEOC helped her settle a resulting lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Earlier this week, we wrote about a new bill being considered by state legislators that would outlaw sexual orientation discrimination in the entire state of Florida. It is known as the Competitive Workforce Act.
Florida is sending mixed messages when it comes to protecting GLBT rights in the workplace. There are currently no state laws that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. However, about 55 percent of Floridians live in areas that afford GLBT protections through local government intervention, including here in Broward County.