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September 2012 Archives

EEOC efforts increasingly geared toward class actions

Big things are happening at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This agency, which is tasked with helping to create, refine and enforce the nation's federal workplace anti-discrimination laws and regulations, is currently employing what the Associated Press calls "a systemic strategy to bring more large-scale bias cases against prominent companies."

New law combats discrimination due to religious clothing, grooming

Last month, we wrote about a woman who is suing Walt Disney Co. for religious discrimination, alleging that she was fired from her job at a Disneyland restaurant for requesting to wear a Muslim head scarf with her uniform. While the incident and resulting lawsuit are California-based, Florida obviously has strong ties to Walt Disney Co. and it is not difficult to imagine a similar dispute occurring here.

Florida wrongful termination lawsuit sparks public outrage: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a wrongful termination suit filed by a South Florida man who alleges that he was fired because his daughter's cancer treatments were putting too much of a financial strain on his employer-sponsored health insurance.

Florida wrongful termination lawsuit sparks public outrage: Part I

Not every employee is fortunate enough to work for a company that offers employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. Many companies choose to offer it as an incentive to attract talented employees.

Religious discrimination at work debate occurring across the pond

We have previously written that illegal discrimination in the workplace occurs all too frequently. However, determining what is and what is not illegal discrimination in practice can sometimes be a tricky business. The European Court of Human Rights is currently considering an issue that has become more and more concerning in American workplaces: what does religious discrimination in the workplace look like?

Darden Restaurants Inc. sued in Miami for wage-and-hour dispute

The people of Miami likely have heard that Darden Restaurants Inc. have been sued in federal court for alleged wage-and-hour claims. The restaurant giant owns four large chains, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Red Lobster, and this is the first lawsuit that will try to represent employees of all four brands. There have been other lawsuits filed in other states, but this could have a far greater effect with all of Darden's employee's involved.

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