"I drove all night," Celine Dion sung proudly in 2003 while covering a famous Cyndi Lauper tune. However, allegedly pushing for that kind of commitment is putting the famous Diva in hot water with one of her former employees.
Could you ever be fired for doing your job too well? As strange as that sounds, it recently happened to a young college student working a summer job here in South Florida.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the gender discrimination allegations to recently come out of fire departments in several South Florida cities. The town of Davie was the subject of action by federal investigators in response to complaints that the town's fire department engaged in gender and pregnancy discrimination.
In April, we wrote about a female firefighter in South Florida who won a major lawsuit against the city of Miami Beach. The disturbing incidents of sexual harassment she endured, allegedly perpetrated by her male coworkers, are a sad reminder that antiquated attitudes and unacceptable gender stereotypes are still present in some South Florida workplaces.
When injustice occurs, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Especially when one is a bystander, it can be confusing to know how or when to step in and whether an active response or silence will truly influence the outcome of the situation.
In April, many business owners were caught by surprise when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) indicated that it was starting to crack down on certain kinds of hiring practices. Specifically, the EEOC reminded business owners that with few exceptions, using the criminal records of applicants as an excuse not to properly consider them for hire amounts to illegal employment discrimination.
One of the nation's largest grape growers has agreed to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a 17-year-old female farm worker.
Unfortunately, the U.S. military has struggled with incidents of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace in Florida and across the country. This is because there is a persistent culture of silence that pervades the military, one in which victims of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and even rape are unwilling to report the abuse.