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August 2018 Archives

LGBT workers pushed into closet by discrimination fears

Despite the fact that lots of Florida companies proclaim their LGBT-friendly credentials, many LGBT workers choose to stay closeted on the job. While there are a number of reasons for this phenomenon, one of the most common and well-founded is the fear of discrimination. For example, in the federal government, the Obama administration hosted Pride celebrations and officials spoke frequently about LGBT right and expanded benefits. But with the change to the Trump administration, political appointees regularly argue against LGBT rights, pushing many federal workers back into the closet.

Understanding disability discrimination

You likely already know that employers cannot discriminate against you, whether in terms of hiring you, promoting you or refusing to reasonably accommodate your disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits them from doing these things, and if one of them should fail to abide by ADA rules and regulations, you have the right to sue.

Sportswear company sued by the EEOC for discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Fanatics Inc. The litigation accuses the Florida-based athletic apparel company of harassment, racial discrimination and retaliation. The case is likely to attract a great deal of media attention as Fanatics is the world's largest seller of officially licensed sports merchandise and both the National Football League and Major League Baseball have invested in the company. The suit was filed on July 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Flight attendant alleges sexual harassment from pilot

Florida frequent flyers might be interested to learn that on Aug. 9, a lawsuit was filed against United Airlines by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a female flight attendant who says she experienced sexual harassment and a hostile work environment for years and the airline did nothing to help her. The lawsuit says a pilot posted images online of the flight attendant that were sexually explicit and sometimes included information such as her name and her home airport.

EEOC seeks to end two discriminatory practices under the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shown its intent to enforce two of its priorities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those are company policies of 'leave limits" and full recovery policies. Some of the companies that have been targeted have a business present in and around Boca Raton, Florida.

High rates of sexual harassment in the media industry

Media professionals in Florida and across the United States are more likely to be subject to unwanted sexual advances at work than in other sectors. According to the results of research conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation, 41 percent of women who work in American media companies report having endured lewd comments, inappropriate attention and other workplace harassment issues during their careers.

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