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May 2014 Archives

Florida woman victim of unwanted sexual advances in the workplace

When we hear about an incidence of sexual harassment or assault in the workplace, we almost automatically think of someone being assaulted by a co-worker or a boss, but an ex-hostess who used to work for Boca Raton's Max's Grill says she was assaulted by a "top customer." Reportedly, she has filed a lawsuit against the customer as well as the restaurant where she was employed.

Compensation for emotional distress appropriate in FMLA lawsuit

A welder prevailed in federal court against an employer that refused to rehire him following his taking of a medical leave. The court ruled on May 12 that this individual was entitled to liquidated damages pertaining to provisions under the Family Medical Leave Act.

Protesting alleged race discrimination against Florida students

Last week, civil activists and students gathered in Florida to ask Gov. Scott for changes that will hold Hispanic and black students to a higher academic standard. According to news reports, the Florida Department of Education expects only 74 percent of the state's black students to pass math tests at their grade level by the 2017 through 2018 school year. This is a sharp contrast to the lofty 92 percent goal for Florida's Asian students and is even lower than the rather minimal goal of 80 percent placed on Hispanic students.

Florida mom claims sick son suffered discrimination in school

We all want to give our children a good education, but one Jacksonville mother claims some administrators with the highly-esteemed Stanton College Preparatory School are discriminating against her sick son. She has called for an internal district investigation and filed a federal civil rights disability discrimination complaint to prove her point and help her son excel in the exclusive school.

Sexual harassment in schools a growing problem

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 55 colleges and universities throughout the country are being investigated to determine if they illegally handled reports of harassment and sexual violence. Although this type of investigation is not a first, it is the first time the department has decided to release a list of the schools being investigated. There are 55 institutions on the list, but Florida State University is the only one in the Sunshine State.

Lawsuit alleges hostile workplace for terminated Florida cop

Two lawsuits have been filed against the city of Mascotte since the police department fired one of its sergeants in January. One suit filed by the Florida Police Benevolent Association several weeks ago alleges that officials violated the sergeant's Officers' Bill of Rights with the way they conducted the termination process. The most recent lawsuit filed by an attorney also alleges shortcomings in the termination process as well as the reason for termination.

Florida pastor sues a city over disability discrimination claims

Does a city's refusal to allow the opening of a residential-based prison diversion program designed for recovering alcohol and substance addicts violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act? That's exactly what a Bunnell, Florida, pastor is claiming and he has filed a lawsuit against Bunnell to have the controversy resolved legally. The pastor is seeking permission to establish his Open Door Re-entry and Recovery Ministry in a residential home located at 309 East Booe Street in Bunnell.

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