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January 2017 Archives

Amtrak employee wins whistleblower retaliation case

Florida residents may be interested to learn about a workplace discrimination case involving an Amtrak whistleblower. In early January, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a statement confirming that a longtime Amtrak employee had been awarded $892,551 in damages after he was fired for raising safety concerns. OSHA also ordered Amtrak to reinstate the employee to his former position or to an equivalent one.

Co-host claims she was sexually harassed by Bill O'Reilly

Florida residents who have followed the sexual harassment case involving the former CEO of Fox News may be interested to learn that another one was settled during the same time frame. According to a report that was published on Jan. 10, a former co-host of a Fox News weekend show had accused Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment.

EEOC releases guidance on national origin discrimination

Employers in Florida and across the United States have received updated guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding national origin discrimination. The direction arrived in the form of a questions and answers guide intended to help employers better understand anti-discrimination laws. Businesses get tasked with familiarizing themselves with the updated guidance to ensure that they remain compliant with the anti-discrimination laws that impact national origin discrimination.

When sexual harassment happens at work

Some employees in Florida may wonder how to handle a sexual harassment situation when a colleague in a senior or client partner position takes advantage of a subordinate. One such scenario occurred in Alaska when an entry-level worker received inappropriate texts from a male team member who was in a high ranking position. The woman did not solicit any attention from the senior team member and was caught by surprise when she starting receiving the messages.

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