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November 2020 Archives

Social media and its impact on a harassment claim

Many Florida employees have social media accounts, and they use these accounts to share personal news and frustrations with friends and family. Unfortunately, some of this information could be used against the original poster in certain circumstances, such as when they are involved in a legal dispute. When employers are disputing or defending against a harassment claim, they may attempt to use information posted by the plaintiff against him or her.

Workers' comp retaliation can hurt your future

Getting hurt on the job can seriously alter the course of your future in more ways than one. While you are focusing on your physical recovery and trying to cover medical bills without a paycheck, your employer could be actively sabotaging your future. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for Florida employers to retaliate against workers who file for workers' compensation benefits. Victims of workers' comp retaliation may face additional hurdles during recovery, including financial and emotional burdens.

Can biases negatively affect employees in the workplace?

Few people would openly consider themselves racist. However, that does not mean that many people in Florida and across the country do not have biases that could connect to race. You may have noticed these biases throughout your life due to your race or ethnicity, and it may seem shocking to you at times that those with these biases do not seem to think they are biased.

Religious discrimination the workplace is unacceptable

Individuals should not have to endure any type of mistreatment in their Florida workplaces because of their religious beliefs. There are state and federal laws that prohibit religious discrimination, but unfortunately, it still happens. If you experienced this at your work, you may feel angry, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. While these are normal feelings, you do not have to deal with this situation alone. 

Disability is not valid grounds for termination

Discrimination against disabled individuals comes in many different forms. Florida employees who have certain types of disabling medical conditions have the right to seek reasonable accommodations in order to do their jobs. Unless these adjustments will cause undue financial loss or cause a significant negative impact on operations, employers must provide them for the employee. One form of discrimination is termination of an employee because of his or her disability.

Florida whistleblower protection: Things to know

Florida workers often find themselves in situations where they believe their employment law rights have been violated. Many whistleblower stories exist where people have come forward with evidence of corporate wrongdoing or retaliation in the workplace after reporting suspicious activity. This is a complex area of law, and defending one's rights regarding whistleblower protection issues can be stressful. It is best to learn as much as possible about such laws before filing a complaint.

Workers with disabilities still face workplace discrimination

Living with a disability might have its own challenges, but maintaining employment should not have to be one. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects workers with disabilities from unfair treatment in the workplace -- or at least it is supposed to. Despite the protections afforded by the ADA, workers with disabilities in Florida still face plenty of problems at work.

Employer violations may mean workers face wrongful termination

Having a job can offer many opportunities for Florida residents. It can allow them to develop skills useful to their position and to grow professionally, and it can allow them to generate an income so that they can pay for their needs and those of their families. As a result, when a person unexpectedly loses a job, it can be devastating. If the situation arises due to wrongful termination, it can seem even more harrowing.

Does your dread of going to work stem from sexual harassment?

Do you dread going to work not because you do not like your job but because of a specific co-worker, supervisor or another person associated with your employment? While it is common for people to have personality clashes with those they work with, your situation may be more than that. You may feel anxious or stressed and may even consider calling in sick some days because you do not want to deal with your workplace environment.

Providing reasonable accommodations for disabled employees

Florida employers are responsible for respecting the rights of all employees, including those who have disabilities. Specific laws mandate that businesses provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees who may need adjustments in order to fulfill the requirements of their jobs. Inclusion is important, and accommodations are available to every type of employee who may need them, including part-time and temporary workers.

Sexual harassment can cause significant mental health issues

State and federal laws protect Florida employees from certain types of treatment in the workplace. Despite these laws, sexual harassment can be a serious problem for many. It's much more than an inconvenience. It can actually lead to serious mental health struggles, including an increased chance of experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors. This type of harassment has also been linked to physical symptoms, like sicknesses that can cause missed days from work.

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