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Employee rights cases draw attention in Florida and elsewhere

While the details of employment and employee law vary from state to state, the issue of employee rights is of nationwide concern. For that reason, residents of Florida may be interested to learn about a case wherein the Fraternal Order of Police contends that a local jail closing is a violation of employee rights. A lawsuit in the case is now underway.

The lawsuit claims that a formal agreement to close the jail and transfer inmates to other facilities is a violation of state law. An attorney filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on behalf of three lodges in the Fraternal Order of Police, requesting that the closure of the jail and transfer of the inmates to other facilities be invalidated. If the jail closure commences, more than 70 correctional officers could be laid off.

The suit filed asserts that the freeholders who put the plan into motion did not seek the approval of the Civil Service Commission for employee reconciliation. Additionally, the proposed agreement fails to recognize seniority, tenure and pension rights of correctional officers. As a result, the agreement would be in violation of the state Shared Services Act.

While it's true that variations in the law where employee rights are concerned occurs from state to state, this case makes it very clear that an awareness of one's rights can be beneficial when it comes to preserving employee justice. Florida employees who feel they've been wronged and that their employee rights may have been violated might find comfort in seeking reconciliation through established legal and meditative avenues. Employees do not have to be intimidated by professional standing, there is always help available.

Source:, "FOP contends Woodbury jail closing violates employee rights," Andy McNeil, March 14. 2013

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