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September 2017 Archives

Sixth Circuit remands age discrimination case to district court

In some cases, Florida employees who are terminated after taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act may find that they are facing discrimination for other reasons besides retaliation for the time off. A Tennessee court will be hearing a case involving a home economics teacher who was let go during FMLA leave. The teacher said the school violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and was also guilty of age discrimination.

Researchers identify persistent hiring discrimination by race

A recent analysis of hiring studies that went back to 1989 revealed ongoing discrimination among employers throughout Florida and the rest of the U.S. The researchers looked at 28 studies that compared the number of job interview callbacks to the number of applicants by race. They concluded that hiring discrimination against blacks had not eased in 25 years while Latinos had only made some modest gains with callback figures.

Employers break law when retaliating against whistleblowers

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act extends specific legal protections to employees in Florida who complain about wrongdoing at their places of employment. Many types of negative actions by employers meant to punish whistleblowers potentially qualify as retaliation, including termination, demotion, harassment, constructive discharge and outing.

Three examples of LGBT discrimination and harassment at work

Despite increasing acceptance and protections, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals still experience discrimination and harassment in the workplace. No matter what your sexual orientation or gender identity is, you deserve fair and respectful treatment. Whenever someone suffers mistreatment for their sexual orientation or gender presentation, it is troubling and disturbing. 

What is "reasonable accommodation" for disabled employees?

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects employees from workplace discrimination due to disability. One of the protections it extends is the requirement that employers provide reasonable accommodations to allow an employee with a disability to participate in the workplace.

When patients commit sexual harassment

According to a study that was published in the journal Physical Therapy, health care workers in Florida and elsewhere are 16 times more likely to experience non-fatal violence at work than is the case with other professions. A recent survey of 900 physical therapists found that 80 percent were subject to sexual remarks or sexual assault. They also said that they experienced inappropriate touching and indecent exposure on the job.

3 types of workplace violence and steps for prevention

The workplace should be a safe and fair environment for everybody, but too often, this is not the case. In addition to the prevalence of injuries and discrimination, sometimes workers encounter outright violence. Understanding the various forms this problem can take is the first step to combatting it and keeping your workplace as safe as possible.

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