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September 2016 Archives

Former police officer alleges workplace discrimination by chief

Police officers in Florida may be interested in a lawsuit that was filed by a former cop against the city in which he was employed. The complaint alleges unfair hiring practices, disability discrimination and other workplace discrimination. The allegations are made against the city and some of its employees.

4 women file sexual harassment lawsuit against restaurant owner

The lives of female employees in Florida and other states can be made extremely unpleasant if they are exposed to inappropriate actions by male colleagues and bosses. Some women endure sexual harassment in the workplace, and some quit their jobs to escape it. When one person has the courage to take action, it is not uncommon for more victims to do the same.

Retaliation: Dismissal of Roger Ailes not the typical result

Recently, former news anchor Gretchen Carlson received a $20 million settlement with Fox News along with an apology; moreover, Fox CEO, Roger Ailes, the man who caused her dismissal, resigned. The result of this employment law dispute is far from typical. One commentator noted that governments and private corporations nationwide, including in Florida, seldom punish managers who mistreat employees. Retaliation has apparently overtaken race discrimination as the most prevalent claim filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

News anchor claims alcoholism led to wrongful termination

Whether in Florida or another state, all employees have the right to work in an environment free from discrimination. A former employee of a television station in another state recently filed a lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination and discrimination based partly on her problem with alcoholism. She claims that victims of alcoholism are protected under state and federal law. Further allegations include a substantial list of violations of the labor code, including privacy violations.

Unpaid overtime claims by nurses may lead to class action lawsuit

It is not uncommon for healthcare workers in Florida and other states to have administrative duties at the end of their shifts. In many cases, these workers tend to patients throughout their shifts, leaving no time to record the necessary notes prior to going off duty. Sadly, the extra time spent on those duties are seldom recognized by employers. This oversight often leads to unpaid overtime claims.

Fast food companies found guilty of wage and hour law violations

Employees of several national fast food companies are reportedly finding support in the county's courts, including some in Florida. Multiple claims related to wage and hour law violations have been filed against McDonald's, Chipotle, Papa John and others. The charges included wage theft, discrimination and worker intimidation.

There are legal remedies to address wrongful termination

Florida is considered an "at will" employment state. This typically means that employees and employers can terminate an employment whenever they want and without designating a specific reason. While an employer needs no particular reason for the dismissal of a worker, the termination cannot be an act of retaliation or discrimination. If the reason for dismissal is illegal, the victim may have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit against the employer.

Sexual harassment by Safeway customer leads to lawsuit

Being exposed to any type of harassment at work can cause high levels of stress that can even affect a person's home life. Fortunately, perpetrators of unacceptable behavior, such as sexual harassment, can be held accountable under the laws protecting workers nationwide, including in Florida. Safeway supermarket was sued by an employee who was sexually harassed by a male customer to the point she resigned to escape the man.

Court of appeals orders jury to decide about unpaid overtime

Employers in Florida and elsewhere may not ignore overtime by claiming that they were not aware of it. An employee of a trucking company in another state filed a lawsuit against her employer claiming back pay for unpaid overtime hours which were remunerated at the normal rate. The federal district court dismissed the claims finding that the company did not know of the overtime hours worked. The employee filed an appeal.

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