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OCS improves response to federal workers' retaliation complaints

In the past, federal employees in Florida could expect the Office of Special Counsel to side with federal agency supervisors when workers filed complaints about mistreatment or blew the whistle about misconduct. Starting in 2017, however, the agency reformed its attitude toward employee complaints. It issued a record-setting 323 rulings in favor of employees. This represented a 16 percent increase in employees winning cases over the previous year.

Man claims Tesla fired him for reporting auto parts theft

Florida residents may be interested to learn that a former employee for Tesla recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the automaker. The former employee reportedly worked at the company as the Operations Associate Manager until he was terminated in October 2017.

Why workers often do not report harassment

Many employees in Florida who face harassment at work might not report that harassment. According to a study by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016, the reason that around 90 percent of workers who are harassed do not report it is for fear they will not be believed, nothing will be done, or they will face retaliation.

Despite decline, harassment and retaliation cases increase

The number of Florida residents filing claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was down in fiscal year 2017 as compared to previous years. Sunshine State filings tracked national numbers that have been trending downwards since 2010 despite a slight bump last year from 2015 numbers. Fiscal year 2017, which ended in September, saw just 84,254 EEOC filings nationwide. In 2010, there were 99,922 filings. The EEOC is responsible for enforcing and administering federal civil rights laws in the majority of employment settings.

Asbestos removal whistleblower awarded damages, back pay

Employees in Florida and throughout the country are supposed to be protected from retaliation if they report their companies for dangerous practices. However, one man was fired from his job and sued for defamation after he reported his company for improper asbestos removal at a high school in New York.

New OSHA online complaint form streamlines whistleblowing process

Employees in Florida and other states across the nation may want to know more about an announcement made by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in July regarding updates to its online whistleblower complaint form. According to one OSHA official, workers may file complaints with increased confidence because the appropriate federal agencies will now receive filings and respond to them in a more timely manner.

FMLA case looks at decision behind woman's firing

Although the Family and Medical Leave Act grants employees in Florida some protections when they need to attend to health problems for themselves or family members, the use of the leave sometimes results in legal disputes. An employee could be fired after returning from a leave, like the plaintiff in a case reviewed in April by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Under certain circumstances, such an action could be considered retaliation for lawful conduct and a court might assign liability to the employer for damages suffered by the plaintiff.

Keep incriminating emails in retaliation cases

Retaliation claims comprise more claims than race discrimination, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These claims make up nearly 45 percent of all claims filed by Florida employees and others throughout the country. Being able to recognize this type of treatment and knowing what to do in this situation can help applicants and employees who find themselves in this precarious position.

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