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February 2019 Archives

Sexual harassment in medical academia

In Florida and around the country, the #MeToo movement has received a great deal of attention. Some associate workplace sexual harassment with the entertainment industry. But it is also prominent in a less likely field. Recent research has determined the medical profession to have an unwanted culture of predatory conduct. This is especially true in the area of medical academia.

Google further relaxes forced arbitration policy

It's not uncommon for workers in Florida to be subject to forced arbitration when making claims against their employers. However, those who work for Google will no longer have to enter into arbitration to resolve claims related to discrimination and wrongful termination. This is according to an announcement that the company made on Feb. 21. Arbitration can be harmful for employees as the cases are resolved in secret.

Oracle sued by the U.S. Department of Labor

A landmark discrimination lawsuit against a major technology company could have consequences for employers in Florida and across the country. According to the suit, tech giant Oracle has employed policies so discriminatory that it led to more than $400 million in lost wages for black, Asian, and female employees over a period of approximately four years.

Equality Florida objects to LGBT employee protection bill

In January, a bill was introduced in Florida that would protect LGBT employees from workplace discrimination. However, the bipartisan proposal is getting serious push-back from gay rights group Equality Florida because it fails to include protections for housing and public accommodations.

Court decisions show limits of ADA disability designation

When it comes to lawsuits related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the concern among many employers in Florida has long been that any condition could become the basis of an ADA claim. However, two recent court decisions show that fear isn't grounded in reality.

A brief look at the FMLA and ADA.

For Boca Raton, Florida workers, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a blessing when an extended medical condition prevents employment. Under the FMLA, a person is entitled to a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave and cannot be terminated for taking the leave. Certain requirements must be met for this rule to kick in.

How employment law applies to homosexuals

Whether a member of the LGBTQ community can be discriminated against or not depends largely on where that person lives. There is no federal law to protect those in Florida against discrimination based on sexual preference. However, it may be possible to use Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a legal basis to pursue a discrimination lawsuit. Title VII prohibits workers from being discriminated against on the basis of sex.

Federal employees file suit for U.S. labor law violations

The United States Government shutdown began on December 22, 2018, affecting around 800,000 employees. Multiple United States Government employee unions are bringing legitimate wage claim violations to court, citing workers are unlawfully forced to work without pay. Federal agencies are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Companies may think twice about giving workers alcohol

A NizNik Behavioral Health surveyed 1,010 full-time employees who worked for companies that allowed them to drink in the office or at company events. Of those surveyed, 45 percent discouraged them from drinking at all. This is because Florida employers and others could be exposed to legal liability related to actions taken after employees consume alcohol. According to the survey, drinking was most likely to take place during holiday parties.

Authority over others defines employer sexual harassment

Sexual harassment can take several forms at workplaces in Florida, but employer sexual harassment refers specifically to inappropriate behavior by authority figures directed at subordinates. A business owner, member of management or a supervisor who makes sexual advances, physical contact or lewd comments could create a hostile environment for workers. Even employees who are not targeted by the sexual comments might feel that they have to condone the behavior or risk their jobs.

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