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Employment contract breach in Florida sparks lawsuit

When a potential employer creates a contract for a project, that contract typically signals that the person employed by that agreement can begin to make preparations for the project, depending on specific terms. These preparations could include purchasing materials, hiring workers or other costly endeavors. Should one party choose to no longer go through with the project, it could cause a significant issue for the other parties involved. If additional agreements cannot be made, there may be cause to file a claim for a breach of employment contract.

Sexual harassment still a prevalent issue in Florida

Working can sometimes be stressful for some employees for a number of different reasons. When the work environment is made hostile by co-workers or superiors, employees can dread going to work and possibly fear for their safety. Sexual harassment is a threat that too many workers in many different industries come to face. Some suffer through silently due to need of the job, and others are sometimes faced with more unfair treatment or termination for speaking up. It may come as a surprise to some Florida residents that sexual harassment in the workplace is still a very relevant issue. For others, they are all too aware of the issue as they may have been victims themselves. The problem of harassment typically comes to light when a high-profile figure is accused of such actions, but it is important to understand that such situations occur in alarmingly high numbers all across the country. Though reports on where harassment and abuse occur are not specifically kept, it has been found that such harassment takes place more generally in low-wage jobs that are male-dominated. There have been numerous reports of harassment occurring in fast food franchises and in other areas where the employees may not even speak English, making it easier for them to be intimidated by superiors and threats of termination. Reports also indicate that thousands of harassment reports are made annually, and those numbers do not include those who face the abuse but do not report it. Though no one should have to deal with sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, many victims may feel trapped because that cannot afford to lose their jobs. It is important, however, for victims to find help and try to end the situation for themselves and future employees. Workers who feel that they have been mistreated at their place of employment may find information on Florida employment laws helpful in determining the best way to move forward and help eradicate the issue.

Apple employees in Florida could be due overtime pay

Many companies have policies that employees must follow when checking into work and when leaving. Though they certainly have reasons for these procedures, many employees could find them cumbersome, especially if they take a considerable amount of time. If the processes are conducted while employees are off the clock, employees may have cause to request compensation for their time. If they are not compensated, a legal situation for unpaid wages and overtime could ensue.

Ex-exotic dancer sues Florida company for unpaid wages, overtime

A woman who once danced at a strip club has filed a lawsuit against the Florida company that operates the club. She accuses the company of violating federal wage-and-hour laws by listing her and other dancers as independent contractors instead of permanent employees. The plaintiff, who is still employed at the club as a waitress, alleges that the club paid her under minimum wage, did not pay overtime and forced her to split her tips with other staff members.

Former UPS worker files employment discrimination claim

Some Florida residents have a tendency to replace older models of items when a newer and supposedly better item comes out, though the older model may still work well enough. While this practice can be acceptable for equipment and appliances, replacing older employees who are still capable for performing their duties could be considered employment discrimination. Older people need to have a form of income just as younger workers do and being fired due to their age can be a considerable setback.

Florida sexual harassment victim files for wrongful termination

Being sexually harassed can be a very frightening experience for anyone. When sexual harassment occurs in a place of employment, it can be not only frightening but also stressful as a person's employment could be put at risk for being a victim. Situations where harassment victims are terminated from their positions due to speaking out are unfortunately more common than they should be. Many of these situations could be grounds for a wrongful termination suit against former employers in order for the employees to gain reparations for the wrong doing.

Florida maintenance worker claims employment contract breach

Most everyone knows that certain rules must be followed after being hired to a job. The rules may vary from position to position but a valued employee does his or her best to follow the right path. An employment contract may be implemented when a person is hired to ensure regulations are followed. Such a contract does not only help ensure employees understand what is expected of them but also so employees know what is expected of their employers. Should an employer breach a contract, legal action could ensue.

Fast food workers fight for employee rights across the country

Labor standards and minimum wages are put in place to help better ensure that employees are being compensated adequately for their service. In many areas, however, the minimum wage may not be enough for a family to survive on. If employee rights and labor standards are being violated on top of only making minimum wage, a worker could find him- or herself in a difficult situation. They may not be able to leave their position even if they are not being treated fairly because they need the income, but when the situation escalates, action may need to be taken.

Understanding sexual harassment could benefit Florida employees

Feeling safe in a work environment is very important for all employees. Sexual harassment can lead to a person dreading their work days or even causing them to leave their position altogether. It can be somewhat confusing, however, when trying to determine what constitutes as sexual harassment. In some cases, reporting incidents to superiors may be enough action, but in other situations, legal action may be necessary.

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