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March 2020 Archives

Protections and rights of Florida whistleblowers

A person has the right to report wrongdoing that is happening in a Florida workplace. Fraud and other deceptive or illegal practices are unacceptable, but employees may fear what will happen to them if they speak out. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from retaliation from their employers, and it may be appropriate for an employee to take legal action if he or she experiences mistreatment.

Is calling in sick grounds for termination?

Workers in Florida have certain rights, including the right to take time off when sick and work in an environment that is free from harassment and mistreatment. In most cases, calling in sick is not grounds for termination, but one employee says this was the reason why her employer fired her. She worked at a toll plaza, and she claims she was fired via text message on the same day she was unable to work due to illness.

Fighting against disability discrimination in the workplace

Disabled individuals have the right to work in an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. There are both state and federal laws in place that protect the rights and interests of those with a disability, and violations of these laws can lead to serious legal consequences. If you have a disability, it is in your interests to know about your rights in the workplace. 

How contracting companies can prevent sexual harassment at work

One of the most important roles of an employer is to protect the rights and interests of the employees. This means reducing physical hazards that could cause them harm, but also making sure they don't experience mistreatment while at work. Sexual harassment in the workplace is not only illegal and unacceptable, it can also cause emotional and mental duress. There are steps Florida contracting businesses can take to train workers on how to recognize, prevent and avoid this type of behavior.

An employee's rights to family and medical leave

Many employees in Florida are entitled to time off from work in certain circumstances related to medical needs or family issues. The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide workers with a certain amount of time off when they need it because of the birth of a child, adoption of a child, medical issues or caring for an immediate family member with a medical problem. According to the FMLA, employers must give up to 12 weeks of leave.

What small businesses should know about sexual harassment

Florida workplaces have the obligation of ensuring their employees are able to do their jobs in environments that are safe and free from certain types of mistreatment. Despite both federal and state laws that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, it still happens, and victims suffer both mental and emotional harm as a result. Consequently, it's important for small businesses to know how to recognize and address this type of reprehensible behavior.

Pursuing a wrongful termination claim against an employer

When an employee loses a job without a valid reason, for illegal reasons or because he or she chose to do the right thing, it can be devastating. Wrongful termination is illegal and reprehensible, and it can be grounds for a civil claim against a Florida employer. This type of firing often happens for reasons connected to discrimination, harassment or retaliation. 

Knowledge and actions can be protection against sexual harassment

From a young age, people often learn ways to protect themselves. Commonly, these lessons come from parents who want to ensure that their children understand the dangers of talking to or going with strangers, or who want their children to stand up to bullies or others who may try to hurt them. Of course, as people get older, they still face threats to their well-being, and in some cases, they may not know how to protect themselves as best as possible.

Time's Up seeks answers about sexual harassment guidance

People in Florida might be interested to learn that Time's Up has called out the Trump Administration for failing to include sexual harassment guidelines on the portal of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The guidance about sexual harassment was initially written during the Obama Administration, but its publication has been delayed since that time.

Teen accuses former employer of racial discrimination

For workers in Florida and throughout the United States, racial discrimination can come in many forms. When it happens at work, it is often categorized as between employer and employee. However, as one recent incident shows, it can also occur when customers behave in a discriminatory fashion. In certain instances, there is a combination that leads to workers losing their jobs.

EEOC files lawsuit against teaching hospital

Employers in Florida and throughout the country are generally not allowed to make employment decisions based on a person's age if that person is 40 or older. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) required employees 70 and older to undergo cognitive tests. The EEOC filed a lawsuit against YNHH claiming that the requirement violated several employment laws.

Political columnist accuses TV host of unwanted sexual advances

In Florida and across the nation, steps to prevent sexual harassment at work has ramped up in recent years. Still, despite increased vigilance, there are instances where people continue to behave in certain ways that might have been allowed to slide in years past, but now constitute a viable foundation for a legal filing to be compensated. One such case involves a prominent political commentator.

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