Unfair use of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act in background checks has been the subject of multiple employment litigations. Home Depot, Food Lion, Chuck E. Cheese, Whole Foods and BMW have all paid settlements in such lawsuits this year. A man from Florida recently filed a lawsuit against Waffle House in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, claiming the defendant violated the FCRA in doing a background check that resulted in the company not hiring him for an advertised position.
A survey of transgender individuals resulted in 90 percent of them saying that they suffered from harassment and other disparate treatment because of their gender identities. A former employee of Walmart, outside of Florida, alleges that she faced harassment and discrimination at the hands of one of her superiors. The woman wishes to bring her case forward on behalf of herself and other similarly situated Walmart workers.
The executive director for the South Florida CareerSource -- a state employee -- has been accused of trying to force his religious views upon employees. The three past and present workers involved allege they were the victims of religious discrimination. The claims involve instances where employees were forced to participate in religious activities on the job or refrain from doing so and, by those actions, identify themselves as followers of a different religious faith than that of the boss.
Fastenal, a federal contractor with locations in Florida and across the United States, was accused by the U.S. Department of Labor of disqualifying candidates through Fastenal's hiring process. The company distributes factory and construction supplies as well as nuts and bolts. In 2011 through 2012, Fastenal was apparently operating under a federal contract to provide $35 million of products and services. That is when the alleged employment discrimination occurred.
Workers with disabilities in Florida and across the United States can have difficult roads ahead after surgeries or when taking new medications. Sometimes both can have side effects that can make work life uncomfortable and even embarrassing. The effects of medical treatments should be handled delicately and without insensitive remarks from employers, and disabilities should never lead to unlawful terminations.
Many Florida readers may be aware of the Armani high-fashion clothing line. Behind the scenes, an employee claims that he was treated poorly and then fired because of his national origin and his disability. He is bringing his $75 million workplace discrimination case before a Supreme Court to try to right the wrongs against him.
Many passengers in Florida and elsewhere may enjoy an alcoholic beverage while they are on a flight. Serving beverages was recently a problem for a flight attendant who works at ExpressJet in another state. She claims she was subjected to religious discrimination because of her Islamic beliefs.
Many from Florida and around the world travel to Walt Disney World (Disney) for a family vacation. The company is notorious for stellar customer service and dedicated employees. One worker, however, is currently in the midst of an employment discrimination claim against the theme park.
In most workplaces, employees are encouraged to get along to create a positive work environment. A former school teacher from Florida alleges that fraternizing with her peers led to her losing her job. She believes that the company fired her as an act of workplace discrimination.
Although the Civil Rights Act has been enacted since 1964, discrimination against protected statuses still occurs. Some employers may believe that they will not get caught and commit acts that contradict the law. A former employee of the Bliss Cabaret adult entertainment club in Florida believes that he lost job because of his race.