How should a person in Florida react if he or she is treated differently to any other employees in a workplace? Although employment discrimination is rampant, victims do not always know what to do about it. In many cases, workers ignore discriminatory actions and hope they will not recur, while others do not believe they can take on large companies in legal actions. No one should endure any violations of civil rights or employment laws.
Considering the number of hours employees in Florida and elsewhere spend at their places of work every day, it is not surprising that lawsuits are filed against employers who allow the maltreatment of employees in any manner. A lawsuit was recently filed by an employee of a Chevrolet dealership in another state. The man alleges racial discrimination and retaliation that ultimately led to wrongful termination.
Employees of one gender dominate some work environments in Florida and other states, and it is not uncommon for a lone member of the opposite gender to feel uncomfortable. Sometimes one gender is taken advantage of, and this can lead to different types of discrimination and workplace harassment. A lawsuit was recently filed in another state against an automotive group and one of its dealers, alleging wrongful termination that followed gender and age discrimination along with sexual harassment.
Employees in Florida have certain rights and are entitled to make sure those rights are protected -- even if that means taking legal action. Workplace discrimination in any form is unacceptable. A city in another state is being sued by a former employee who alleges she was terminated after reporting harassment and discrimination. She claims that her employers violated the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and her state's Human Relations Act.
Many Florida residents choose to continue working past retirement age -- not because they need the money but because they love their jobs. Unfortunately, some younger employees often resort to harassment to try and force older employees resign and free up their positions. A school district in another state is facing a lawsuit that was filed by a 77-year-old teacher's aide.
Florida employers must ensure that their companies have well-publicized workplace policies and appropriate complaint structures along with proper monitoring and enforcement mechanisms. Employers need to make sure that no workplace discrimination or harassment takes place, and if such incidents are reported, appropriate action must be taken. Sadly, victims of workplace harassment are often terminated when they file complaints.
Companies in Florida and elsewhere should never use the legally protected statuses of their workers as a reason to mistreat or fire them. Employees who believe that they have lost their jobs for that reason may be justified in filing workplace discrimination claims against their employers. A woman who worked for the luxury Hotel Plaza Athénée outside the state alleges that her age and her religion were the motivating factors in her dismissal and has filed her claim against the hotel in a supreme court.
Popular clothing store Forever 21 -- with locations in Florida and other states across the country -- has been accused of harassment by a former employee. The ex assistant store manager worked in another state and claims that he was called inappropriate nicknames and subjected to racial comments on the job. He filed a workplace discrimination claim against his former employer to right the alleged wrongs against him.
Florida readers may be familiar with The Ziegenfelder Company which is well known for its cold confection treats. A former employee of the company alleges that working there was not quite as sweet as the company's products and has filed a wrongful termination claim in a state court. He alleges that after failing a drug test while on medication and later proving he was clean, he lost his job anyways due to employment discrimination based on his age.
Employers in Florida and elsewhere should be very familiar with how to treat their workers fairly, but unfortunately, some are still mistreated based on their legally protected statuses. An out-of-state transgender auto mechanic is finally making headway in her six-year long legal battle against employment discrimination. The lower court opinion on her federal court case was recently reversed after the U.S. Court of Appeals determined that there was sufficient evidence for a trial.