Despite the thriving LGBT community in South Florida, the state as a whole still lacks important protections for LGBT individuals against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Same-sex marriage was only legalized in Florida due to a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. And if anti-discrimination protections are to be implemented statewide, it may again be due to federal intervention.
Workers in Florida and elsewhere become more vulnerable as they age. It is not uncommon for companies to get rid of older employees, only to replace them with younger, less-experienced personnel. The cost of younger staff is lower and may benefit the company, but they lack the experience of older workers. Workplace discrimination that is based on age, disability, race, religion and gender is prohibited under federal and state law.
Florida employees have the right to receive reasonable accommodations when they get older and start developing associated medical conditions. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and instead, workers are sometimes mocked and pressured to retire. A high school in another state is currently facing an employment discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a man who had an administrative position before he developed a medical disability.
Employers in Florida who are inclined to discriminate against some employees typically do so in subtle ways. It is not uncommon for workers to sense an atmosphere of discrimination but then tell themselves that they are oversensitive or paranoid. The fear of losing a job often prevents victims of workplace discrimination from reporting their suspicions.
Workers in Florida and elsewhere are protected by various laws, one of which is the Americans with Disabilities Act. An ex-employee of a hospital in another state is accusing her former employers of violating this law. She has recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging workplace discrimination. According to the lawsuit, the woman was employed as an admissions representative by the defendant and had been working for the company for 18 years.
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.
When companies in Florida and other states announce a plan to restructure, it often involves laying off older workers to replace them with others much younger. Workplace discrimination is prohibited, and workers older than 40 are protected under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Hewlett-Packard is facing a lawsuit alleging such violations.
Regardless of the industry in which a person is employed, discrimination is not permitted in workplaces nationwide, including in Florida. This includes discrimination based on religion. An assistant football coach in another state has reportedly proceeded to take legal action against school officials who allegedly violated his religious beliefs.
Florida women who goes through a pregnancy understand that this condition brings about many changes in their health and bodies that may require certain accommodations in their workplaces. Pregnant workers may find comfort in knowing that they are protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for pregnant employees to be the subject of workplace discrimination.
Workers in Florida may land in the employ of a company at which all employees are not treated equally. Discrimination comes in many forms, one of which is ethnic or racial discrimination. While some employers obviously avoid appointing people of certain races, others are much more subtle in their discrimination. However, such treatment should not be endured as it is strictly prohibited by several state and federal laws.