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December 2016 Archives

Preventing harassment and discrimination in restaurants

People who work in the hospitality industry in Florida know that restaurant culture is often casual and carefree. While camaraderie between coworkers can be a positive thing in a restaurant, some restaurant managers get too comfortable and end up crossing the line. Restaurant workers who feel that they have been sexually harassed or discriminated against at work may choose to file lawsuits.

Man who was furloughed after asking for FMLA leave may sue

Eligible employees who work for Florida employers that are covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act may take approved leave in order to recover from a serious health issue or to care for a family member who is suffering from one. Employers are not allowed to retaliate against workers who request or take leave as demonstrated by a November ruling by a federal district court in Ohio.

LGBT workers face uncertain legal landscape on discrimination

People in Florida who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may be worried about seeing an erosion of the civil rights they gained in recent years. When Donald Trump takes office as president, he could fulfill his promise to nullify executive orders made by his predecessor. Such actions could include ending the protections granted to LGBT federal workers.

Sexual harassment statistics show the problem's extent

Many women are sexually harassed while they are working on the job in Florida. A report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicates that 7.9 percent of the charges filed with the agency in 2015 by Florida claimants were based on sexual harassment, making the state second only behind Texas for the highest percentage of sexual harassment complaints.

When do rude comments cross the line into harassment?

Most people have experienced a rude coworker in their career. It is difficult to know how to respond to repeated derogatory comments, especially when they say that it is, "just a joke." You don't want to overreact but when the comments keep getting worse then you must draw a line. It's important to know when coworkers step over that line from joking into harassment.

Protections for whistleblowers

As Florida workers probably know, employees who report actions by an employer that are illegal have protection under the law against adverse consequences of so doing. Protections may include not only being fired from the job because of that action but other consequences such as harassment or other ways of retaliation.

Standing up for what's right shouldn't get you punished at work

Sometimes workers have to report inappropriate or illegal practices in the workplace, and unfortunately their appropriate action can lead to retaliation from their coworkers or superiors. This can include demotion, dismissal, termination or discipline for reporting or thinking about reporting racial or sexual harassment or the harassment of a fellow employee.

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