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November 2016 Archives

Employers and making reasonable accommodations

Most disabled workers at Florida companies are protected under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act from illegal workplace discrimination. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for workers who are disabled unless the requested accommodations would present undue hardships for the company. If your employer has refused to make reasonable accommodations that would allow you to do your job, you may have the basis for seeking damages.

Sikh truck drivers reach $260k settlement in religious discrimination case

The Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination due to a person's sincerely held religious beliefs, and employers are responsible for fairly hiring, firing, promotions, layoffs and making accommodations for their employees to practice their religion. Employers who only hire or promote those that share the same faith as them, or refuse to reasonable accommodate a faith-based activity are acting unlawfully.

EEOC argument may end anti-gay discrimination in Florida

On Nov. 4, a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that an anti-discrimination case could proceed. The rationale was that anti-gay discrimination was considered discrimination based on sex under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In this case, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took action against a health care facility based on the actions of one employee. That person reportedly used several offensive slurs to describe an individual who worked under his supervision.

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