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August 2016 Archives

Hewlett-Packard accused of age-related workplace discrimination

When companies in Florida and other states announce a plan to restructure, it often involves laying off older workers to replace them with others much younger. Workplace discrimination is prohibited, and workers older than 40 are protected under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Hewlett-Packard is facing a lawsuit alleging such violations.

Bullying is a violation of employee rights and may bring lawsuits

Bullying employees seems to be an increasing occurrence at workplaces in Florida and other states. Although employee rights are there to protect workers against all types of employment law violations, statistics suggest that more than a third of American workers are victims of workplace bullying. Sadly, not all understand the devious ways of bullies, and victims are often seen as unable to cope with common workplace pressure.

Wage and hour law: Some disabled workers earn subminimum wages

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with physical challenges against wage discrimination. There are some loopholes that certain employers in Florida and elsewhere use to secure cheap labor. Workers whose physical or mental deficiencies make them less productive than others without disabilities can be paid at rates below minimum wage. Although special permits must be obtained, it is not uncommon for companies to violate wage and hour law by taking advantage of this law that enables them to remunerate workers at what is called the subminimum wage.

Football coach claims discrimination based on religion

Regardless of the industry in which a person is employed, discrimination is not permitted in workplaces nationwide, including in Florida. This includes discrimination based on religion. An assistant football coach in another state has reportedly proceeded to take legal action against school officials who allegedly violated his religious beliefs.

Wrongful termination follows dismissal of new mother

Female employees in Florida are sometimes hesitant to start families for fear of reprisal by their employers. Wrongful termination lawsuits following the dismissal of pregnant employees are not at all uncommon. Such a lawsuit was recently filed in another state by a woman alleging her employment was terminated while she was on maternity leave.

Workplace discrimination: Pregnant Chipotle worker gets $550,000

Florida women who goes through a pregnancy understand that this condition brings about many changes in their health and bodies that may require certain accommodations in their workplaces. Pregnant workers may find comfort in knowing that they are protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for pregnant employees to be the subject of workplace discrimination.

Moving company accused of wage and hour law violations

It is not uncommon for employers nationwide, including those in Florida, to take advantage of their employees. Many workers endure wage and hour law violations because they fear dismissals or other types of workplace retaliation. However, in some cases, some victims have the courage to take legal actions that could ultimately lead to class action lawsuits that can address the financial and other damages they have suffered.

Deputy fire chief's wrongful termination claim will go to trial

Florida workers whose rights as employees are being violated may find that the alleged violators will do everything in their power to prevent a legal claim from going to court. A former deputy fire chief filed a complaint against the city that employed him, alleging wrongful termination. The city then reportedly tried to have the case thrown out of court, but its attempts were dismissed by a judge.

Male workers support female colleagues in sexual harassment claim

Discrimination in Florida workplaces that is based on gender is as unacceptable as any other form of discrimination. A dried fruit processing company in another state was ordered to pay $1,470,000 in damages to a group of employees who reported sexual harassment and wrongful termination occasioned by retaliation to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This was reportedly the maximum amount of damages allowed by applicable laws.

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