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Women in charge may still face sexual harassment

Women can face unique challenges in the workplace, including unwanted advances and intimidation from male co-workers. Sexual harassment is not an issue unique to a specific group as even females in leadership and positions of power are susceptible to this type of unacceptable treatment. Research into the issue suggests that behind sexual harassment is often a desire to humiliate and intimidate, and women in charge are not immune to it.

Sick employees may face disability discrimination

Florida employees who are able to do their jobs should be allowed to do so, even if those employees have certain types of medical conditions. Disability discrimination comes in many forms, and for some, it can happen after they take time off for medical treatment or to recover after an illness. Unfortunately, this type of discrimination can lead to termination, and fired employees may not realize that what they experienced is unlawful treatment from their employers.

Methods for preventing race discrimination in the workplace

Florida employers have the responsibility of making sure they establish and maintain work environments that are free from inappropriate behaviors and fair for all employees. Race discrimination is still a problem in many workplaces, and there are steps companies can take to lower the chance of this happening. Inclusive and diverse workplaces are important, and developing them starts with implementing meaningful change and effective standards.

Workplace sexual harassment when working from home

Unprecedented circumstances have seen many Florida employees transition from working in offices to working at home. Many companies have shifted their operations online, using Zoom and other platforms to communicate with each other. Even from the comfort of home, however, some employees are still experiencing workplace sexual harassment. In these unusual circumstances, Florida employees may be unsure of how to handle this issue.

Disability discrimination in the hiring process

Looking for a job is not always easy. The position you desire may require you to earn a college degree, obtain special certification, or acquire training or experience in other ways. You may feel especially proud of those accomplishments if you are living with a disability. Like many in Florida who are seeking work, you may prefer potential employers to see you for your achievements and qualifications instead of measuring you based on your disability.

Retaliation after filing for workers' compensation benefits

When a Florida employee experiences an injury on the job, he or she has the right to purse benefits through a workers' compensation claim. Most employers are required to carry this type of insurance, and injured or sick workers can seek coverage of lost wages, medical bills and other needs in the event of a workplace accident. Unfortunately, some employers do not want workers to file a claim unless the injury is severe or disabling, and injured employees may experience retaliation. 

Sexual assault and harassment claim filed against hockey team

The Tampa Bay Lightning is dealing with a civil claim filed by a former women's hockey coach. The plaintiff states she was fired from her job as a youth hockey coach and as part of the Lightning's community outreach program after she reported sexual assault and harassment by one of the hockey team's executives. The alleged incident took place on a company trip. 

Fast food manager accused of race discrimination

A manager at a Florida location of Whataburger is facing accusations of treating applicants unfairly during the hiring and employment screening process. Accusations against the manager include employee statements that say he instructed those overseeing the hiring of new employees not to hire anyone who was not white. The result was a lawsuit against the company that was eventually settled for $180,000.

Former police force employee alleges wrongful termination

A woman who worked for the University of South Florida's police force has filed a lawsuit against her former employer. She claims she was fired because of wrongful termination and issues that include disability discrimination, racial discrimination and gender discrimination. She claims the police chief on campus acted inappropriately toward her and others while she worked as a spokesperson for USF's force. He was the one who eventually fired her. 

Protecting your right to fair pay as an employee

When you go to work, you have the right to expect full and fair payment for the hours you are on the clock. Many employees are eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay, yet employers can sometimes take steps to underpay workers and save money. If you think this is happening to you, you have the right to speak out about wage theft and unfair pay practices. 

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