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May 2013 Archives

Disability discrimination in the workplace is forbidden by law

In some ways, employment discrimination because of disability has proved extremely difficult to combat. According to interviews with individuals having severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, they mostly want to be treated as just people and not as an alien species. Fortunately, Florida and all other states are now bound by federal and state laws that protect the rights of the disabled from discrimination in the workplace.

Florida wage claims: Lawsuits re wage-and-hour law on the rise

In the time period from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 almost 8,000 lawsuits were filed across the country for unfair wage practices. Some employers in Florida may be surprised to know that, since the year 1990, the number of cases regarding wage-and-hour law has increased some 518 percent. Some of the wage claims were for being misclassified while others are about overtime pay.

Overtime pay withheld from Florida police officers

While many people enjoy the privilege of working their jobs for enjoyment, the majority of workers rely heavily on their employment in order to earn enough money to support their needs and the needs of their families. It is expected that when work is done and wages earned -- especially for overtime -- those wages will be received. Unfortunately, as with a Florida police department, that is not always the case.

Workplace practices lead to religious discrimination concerns

Florida readers may be aware of a recently filed lawsuit against a medical services company due to unusual religious practices. The suit, filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is in response to alleged practices at the company that forced at least four employees to perform religious observations practiced by Scientologists. The story has raised a number of concerns about violations of workplace regulations designed to both prevent religious discrimination and to protect workers from religious coercion.

Florida employers withholding wages from deserving employees?

Florida workers have been fighting a long battle involving employers withholding wages. While not every employer is guilty of this act, it is certainly a large problem. A recent article brought to light just what a significant issue this is and ways in which employers are illegally withholding wages.

Sexual harassment complaint can help protect Florida workers

No one wants to be subject to a hostile work place. Each year, however, there are numerous suits filed across Florida that question whether companies are following state and federal laws addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. When these laws are not followed, a lawsuit may be filed to protect a worker's rights and to put a stop to the offensive conduct.

Most in Florida say no to discrimination on-the-job

Florida state law protects against race and gender discrimination in the workplace, but they do not protect those who are discriminated against for their sexual orientation or preference. Because of this, it is not illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals based on these preferences. New data, however, shows that it may be time for Florida lawmakers to consider updating discrimination laws. Florida residents are showing their support.According to recent data, nearly three quarters of Florida residents reportedly support a new addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1992, known as the Competitive Workforce Act. The CWA would add protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or preference. Like most civil rights issues, the CWA has been met with some hesitation, based on the feeling that the diversity of the state could cause problems in implementing these new protections.

Most in Florida say no to discrimination on-the-job

Florida state law protects against race and gender discrimination in the workplace, but they do not protect those who are discriminated against for their sexual orientation or preference. Because of this, it is not illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals based on these preferences. New data, however, shows that it may be time for Florida lawmakers to consider updating discrimination laws. Florida residents are showing their support. According to recent data, nearly three quarters of Florida residents reportedly support a new addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1992, known as the Competitive Workforce Act. The CWA would add protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or preference. Like most civil rights issues, the CWA has been met with some hesitation, based on the feeling that the diversity of the state could cause problems in implementing these new protections.

Florida senate delays employee rights question on sick days

Disney World and Darden Restaurants backed the Florida senate in its efforts to draft legislation regarding employee sick days. The legislation blocks local communities from enacting employee rights laws that would provide that community's employees with paid sick days. The legislation indicates that a statewide study needs to happen before local governments take matters into their own hands.

Florida man keeps job after 2nd sexual harassment incident

Sexual harassment in the workplace can occur despite policies and procedures in place to prevent it. When an employer receives a claim from an employee that they have been the victim of sexual harassment, it is incumbent on the employer to investigate the validity of the claim and take appropriate action if necessary. A Florida school system had to do exactly that when two teachers claimed a fellow employee made inappropriate and unwanted gestures toward them.

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