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April 2019 Archives

Are you really a freelancer?

If you feel like your job is taking over your life, you would probably not be alone. Americans work hard. However, if you started a freelance career to make time for your family, pursue other interests or simply to take advantage of an opportunity in the marketplace, this feeling of being overworked may be the exact thing you were trying to get away from. 

Google announces revised sexual harassment claim procedures

Florida residents who follow developments in the technology sector may be aware that more than 20 percent of Google's global workforce of more than 94,000 people walked off the job in November 2018 because they were unhappy about the way sexual harassment claims were being handled. Google responded to the walkout by vowing to review its internal policies and make changes where appropriate. The search giant announced on April 25 that its review was complete and many worker demands would be met.

Supreme Court to hear LGBT workplace discrimination cases

Florida residents may be aware that a contentious legal debate is taking place over whether or not the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect LGBT individuals. Title VII of the landmark law prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or national origin, but it makes no mention of gender identity or sexual orientation. Lawmakers do not seem eager to address this protection gap and federal courts have made contradictory rulings on the issue, but a recent statement from the U.S. Supreme Court suggests that the matter will soon be resolved.

Capitol office cleaners harassed by lawmakers

Florida residents who follow developments in the nation's capital may be aware that the Architect of the Capitol is the federal agency tasked with the maintenance and administration of the U.S. Capitol Complex. One of the AOC's duties is to ensure Capitol staff are provided with a safe and supportive work environment, but a report from the agency's Office of Inspector General suggests that inappropriate conduct is commonplace and steps put into place to curb sexual harassment have been largely ineffective.

Courts divided over Title VII language

Companies in Florida and other states are generally bound by the terms of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. However, appeals courts across the country are divided as to whether it protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Second Circuit and Seventh Circuit have said that it does, but the Eight Circuit has not yet made that determination. This is important for one man who lived in Illinois but was offered a job in Missouri.

Man files complaint alleging racial discrimination

A site captain for a group of security guards has fired a discrimination complaint against the state of Florida and G4S Secure Solutions. The latter was his parent company when he worked from January 2017 to February 2019.

AG calls for investigation into LGBT discrimination reports

Even federal workers in Florida may face discrimination on the job, according to a number of complaints filed by LGBT workers at the Department of Justice. Responding to concerns raised by DOJ Pride, an organization representing LGBT employees, federal Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons and the FBI to investigate discrimination complaints. DOJ Pride includes thousands of workers at a range of agencies included in the federal department. It had earlier asked Barr to sign a statement about equal employment opportunity at the department and indicated problems raised in a survey of members.

Microsoft workers say their sexual harassment claims were ignored

Florida residents have probably heard of the well-known computer and technology company Microsoft, but they may not have heard about all the workplace troubles taking place inside the company. Part of the reason for that could be the company's response to alleged experiences of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Woman is awarded back pay for wrongful termination

A bus driver in Gainesville, Florida, was awarded her job back in addition to three years worth of back pay. The woman was terminated by her employer in 2015 after acts that were deemed to be immoral and had a negative impact on the community. In both instances, the woman claimed that she was defending herself against passengers who had become physically aggressive with her.

Companies need to stop rumors from spreading

Florida employees could be the victims of a hostile workplace environment simply because a rumor was started about them. This is what the U.S. Court of Appeals held in Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, Inc. In that case, a woman was denied future promotions by her manager because she was supposedly a problem in the company. The supposed problem began after another employee started a rumor that the woman slept with a manager in exchange for a promotion.

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