In times of economic hardships, the idea of a large company bringing a significant number of jobs to an area tends to be cause for celebration. Many people have been negatively affected in the recent economic situations and left unemployed without much hope of gaining employment in the near future. When a job is found, it may not always be the most ideal situation, and some workers are so desperate for employment that they will occasionally allow their employee rights to be infringed upon. However, employee rights should always be upheld and whether it is with a small business or a large company, there are labor standards that must be met.
It seems that cases claiming sexual power-plays in the workplace never cease and do not decline. In one lawsuit filed in a federal court in another state, a female cop claims that she was sexually harassed and retaliated against by her supervising officer. Although the case is not in Florida, a sexual harassment claim based on federal law will follow the same principles regardless of the federal district involved.
A law firm should provide measures to insure that female attorneys don't make claims of gender discrimination, and then have the basis for the claims generally verified by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A prominent Florida firm, Greenberg Traurig, just settled a lawsuit for gender discrimination with a female attorney, who is a former employee in one of the firm's offices outside of Florida. She filed the complaint in Dec. 2012 in a federal district court, and just settled recently by way of an order of dismissal with prejudice entered by a federal judge.
A group of female workers who say they are the target of repeated and unwanted sexual attention in the prison where they work have been granted class-action status. This comes on the heels of multiple complaints about sexual harassment within the prison workplace from dozens of female employees. They allege the Florida branch of the Bureau of Prisons has not done enough to protect their safety and rights.
A federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facility in Florida is under fire for alleged inappropriate conduct toward female staff by the inmates. The women say that they were regularly subjected to sexual harassment from the inmates and supervisors did nothing to stop it. Recently, an administrative judge granted the women the right to file a class action suit against the BOP.
All employees are entitled to certain rights. When those rights are infringed upon or ignored, the safety and well-being of workers can be put at risk. Employers can violate employee rights in several ways from withholding wages to unsafe working conditions. Farm workers in Florida are currently taking action to acquire better working conditions.
In some ways, employment discrimination because of disability has proved extremely difficult to combat. According to interviews with individuals having severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, they mostly want to be treated as just people and not as an alien species. Fortunately, Florida and all other states are now bound by federal and state laws that protect the rights of the disabled from discrimination in the workplace.
In the time period from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 almost 8,000 lawsuits were filed across the country for unfair wage practices. Some employers in Florida may be surprised to know that, since the year 1990, the number of cases regarding wage-and-hour law has increased some 518 percent. Some of the wage claims were for being misclassified while others are about overtime pay.
Florida state law protects against race and gender discrimination in the workplace, but they do not protect those who are discriminated against for their sexual orientation or preference. Because of this, it is not illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals based on these preferences. New data, however, shows that it may be time for Florida lawmakers to consider updating discrimination laws. Florida residents are showing their support.According to recent data, nearly three quarters of Florida residents reportedly support a new addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1992, known as the Competitive Workforce Act. The CWA would add protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or preference. Like most civil rights issues, the CWA has been met with some hesitation, based on the feeling that the diversity of the state could cause problems in implementing these new protections.
Disney World and Darden Restaurants backed the Florida senate in its efforts to draft legislation regarding employee sick days. The legislation blocks local communities from enacting employee rights laws that would provide that community's employees with paid sick days. The legislation indicates that a statewide study needs to happen before local governments take matters into their own hands.