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December 2015 Archives

3 Florida cities recognized for anti-discrimination policies

In many Florida municipalities, those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community do not have protection from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. However, three Florida cities were recently recognized for their anti-discrimination policies to protect LGBT citizens.

Complaint filed for racial, age discrimination against teachers

The Florida Department of Education hadn't been served a copy of the Florida Education Association's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint as of Dec. 21, and because of that, a spokeswoman said the department has no comment on the allegations. The complaint was also filed with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. The complaint has to do with the state's "Best and Brightest" bonus program for teachers. The FEA, which is the largest union of teachers in the state, says that teachers who are over the age of 40 and those that are minorities are discriminated against with the program.

Even at-will business relationships can't end in discrimination

It's fair to say that there's a lot of gray area when it comes to business relationships, especially when they end. Part of the reason for this is that many employees are employed in an "at will" status. This means that the boss can fire them whenever he or she wants to do so, and there does not even have to be a reason.

How disability discrimination often works

When you think of disability discrimination, it's important to note that it can be different than other types of discrimination--like that based on gender or race--because a disability can realistically mean that someone can't do a specific job. That person may simply not be physically capable of performing the actions necessary to the job, so refusing to hire him or her based on the disability isn't automatically discrimination.

Ad for heath care company: No Haitians

Our country's oldest health care franchise is Interim Healthcare. Its main office is in Sunrise, Florida, and it is a hospice, home care and medical staffing company with over 300 franchises. Those 300 franchises employ over 40,000 health care workers. One might think that placing an advertisement for a worker would be covered somewhere along the way in the franchise training. Apparently, that was not the case.

What is covered under the Civil Rights Act?

In a general sense, most workers know that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 gives them protection from racial discrimination in the workplace. However, it's important to know exactly how this protection works and what it protects you against. Below are the main categories, according to the EEOC.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act covering SEC violations

Do you work in the financial industry? If so, you know one thing to be true: there is a lot of money changing hands at all times. While most people and companies work within the legal limits of the law, this not always the case. For this reason, there are laws in place to protect the well being of the industry.

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