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February 2017 Archives

Workplace discrimination and disabled people

Florida workers should be aware that complaints related to disability seem to be on the rise in workplaces across the country. Data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows that workplace discrimination complaints increased in 2016.

What constitutes workplace retaliation?

As a "whistleblower," or someone that calls attention to illegal actions or wrongdoings by a company, individual or place of business, you have certain protections at the state and federal levels. While you have a right to a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, you are also protected in your right to alert the proper authorities about illicit activities without fearing retaliation when you clock in.

Company accused of disability discrimination

Florida employees may be interested to learn about a lawsuit that was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that stated that a disabled employee was discriminated against by a Mississippi home care company. The EEOC claimed that the discrimination occurred after the employee underwent a liver transplant in July 2012.

Waitress files sexual harassment lawsuit against manager

Florida restaurant workers may be interested to learn that a former general manager at an Olive Garden was sued for sexual harassment. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Jan. 25, a waitress claimed that servers were hired due to their perceived attractiveness by the general manager. He was also accused of trading promotions and raises for sex.

Workers' comp: How your social media posts can be used as evidence against you

If you were injured at work and you are filing a workers' compensation claim, you should be aware that more insurance investigators are using social networking as an investigative tool. According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, more insurance companies are going online to make sure that claims are valid.

Workplace safety: You can get hurt in the office, too

Most people think about workplace accidents happening at high-risk jobs, such as construction, law enforcement or manufacturing, but many office workers get injured each year, too. While these injuries may not be life threatening, they can be life changing. Even if your employer has workers' compensation insurance, you should still be cautious and follow safety procedures to prevent injuries.

The future of employment protections for LGBT+ workers

Florida residents may have noticed the many changes brought about by the Trump administration, and more alterations could be coming with regards to employment protections. Speculation has begun about whether it will remove language barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

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