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August 2020 Archives

Challenges disabled individuals may face in their places of work

A disabled individual can face many challenges on a daily basis. Simply getting from place to place can be difficult, and they may have to do things differently to do their jobs. A disability doesn't mean that a person cannot hold a job or earn a living, but it may mean he or she needs reasonable accommodations while at work. Unfortunately, they may not always get the help and support they need.

Salvation Army employee claims he experienced FMLA discrimination

A man who works for a branch of the Salvation Army says he was treated unfairly when we needed time off for health problems and to recover from medical treatment. He claims his employer fired him after his toes were amputated due to complications from diabetes. He had worked for the organization since 1997, and he believes his treatment was a form of FMLA discrimination and a violation of this specific law. 

Recognizing LGBT discrimination in the workplace

Every Florida employee has the right to work in an environment that is free from discriminatory and unfair treatment. Unfortunately, employers often treat workers differently due to their perceived sexual orientation. LGBT discrimination can take many forms, and victims may not be certain of their rights or what to do next if they experience it in their workplace. It can be helpful to know how to spot this type of discrimination and how to fight back. 

Officer wins sexual harassment lawsuit against police department

Women may be more likely than men to experience certain types of negative treatment in their Florida workplaces. This is especially true for women who are employed in places where the employees are predominantly male, such as a police department. One female officer recently sued her department over sexual harassment and won. She also promised to keep fighting for a fair work environment and the eradication of harassing behaviors.

Retaliation over a workers' compensation claim is unacceptable

When a Florida employee suffers injuries in an accident in the workplace, he or she has the right to seek benefits and support through a claim filed with the employer's comp insurance. The intent of workers' compensation insurance is to provide a way for injured employees to secure support to cover medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. For many reasons, some employers may take action against employees who file a claim, even if they had the need and valid grounds to do so. Retaliation for a claim is unacceptable.

How can employers combat sexual harassment in the workplace?

Female employees should be able to go to work without fear of experiencing some type of inappropriate behavior or mistreatment from other employees or coworkers. Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Florida employers should strive to make their workplaces safe for everyone, and that means taking steps to combat sexual harassment. 

Many white employees unaware of race discrimination at work

One of the most concerning issues regarding discriminatory treatment in a Florida workplace is that many people are unaware that it happens, especially if it doesn't affect them. Unfortunately, many white employees don't believe that race discrimination is a problem in their workplace. Human resources is the department that handles discrimination claims, but how they're handled sometimes depends on the race of the person who is handling the claim.

Pregnancy discrimination: A health concern for moms and babies

A woman has the right to work throughout her pregnancy as she is able, and she is also entitled to take unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Even though there are both state and federal laws in place that shield the interests of Florida female employees, pregnancy discrimination is still a problem. This is an issue that is much more than an unfair inconvenience for many. It is actually a threat to the health of mothers and babies.

Disabled workers continue to face challenges in the workplace

Individuals with disabilities have the right to fair treatment and certain accommodations in the workplace. On the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabled workers in Florida still find it necessary to fight for their rights and an equal standing in their place of employment. The intent of the ADA was to protect the interests of those with disabilities in the workforce, but the act may have led to unintended consequences.

Race discrimination is still a problem in many workplaces

No one should have to endure unfair treatment in the workplace, even if the mistreatment is unintentional. Race discrimination is still a problem in many workplaces, and it will require a concerted effort to address this problem and make professional settings fair places where everyone has a chance to succeed. If a Florida employee does experience discrimination in his or her workplace, it may be appropriate to pursue legal recourse.

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