The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to level the playing field and enable those with disabilities to live and function normally in society. As it relates to employment, the ADA requires employers to make reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities who are either employees or applicants.
Religious discrimination is, unfortunately, still very prevalent in American workplaces. Sometimes it is related to discrimination based on country of origin. Other times, American-born citizens face religious discrimination for having less mainstream beliefs or for practicing their beliefs in everyday life.
Age discrimination in the workplace can sometimes be difficult to prove. When an older employee is terminated, demoted or denied advancement, the company often claims it is because the employee's work performance has deteriorated with age.
Last month, we reported that the GLBT Competitive Workforce Act is not likely to receive a hearing in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill seeks protections against discriminatory treatment in the workplace based on sexual orientation, age, disability and race.
Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer with over 250 stores in Florida alone. According to their website, they employ nearly 93,000 Florida residents in positions at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and related distribution centers.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a recent incident at FAU. A parking enforcement officer at the University was formally reprimanded for creating a hostile work environment after he displayed a racially-charged photo and a hangman's noose in his office.
Sad news came last week when it was relayed that a bill making its way through the state House of Representatives aimed at protecting the rights of Florida's LGBT community would not likely receive a hearing this year. The bill seeks to provide such individuals with basic protections against discriminatory practices and unfair treatment in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation, age, disability and race.A key player in the formation of the "Competitive Workforce Act" (House Bill 361) has been an organization by the name of Equality Florida. Their director of public policy, Mallory Wells, informed the news media last week that due to the high number of new lawmakers in their first year of service, the focus of her organization was forced to shift during this legislative session to networking with and educating these individuals on fundamental issues affecting the LGBT community. Wells believes such action was necessary before pushing for specific legislation like the Competitive Workforce Act.