Florida residents might be interested to learn that two black female executives with McDonald's Corporation have filed a lawsuit against the company for racial discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago on Jan. 7.
A Florida parks and recreation worker is suing the City of Miami for racial discrimination after multiple complaints have come to light by black workers. The 59-year-old man, who has worked in various public works, sanitation and parks department jobs for the city for 37 years, says that his supervisor used the N-word against him in 2013, calling him the racial slur in an argument. He says that he was subjected to various discriminatory incidents since 2011, which was when a new supervisor was introduced at the job.
People in Florida continue to experience racial discrimination on the job despite long-standing civil rights laws prohibiting the practice. Once, racial discrimination was extremely overt. More recently, however, different types of discrimination, harassment and mistreatment have come to the forefront. Microaggressions are one example of a type of behavior that can create a comprehensively hostile work environment, usually for non-white employees. In one online post, 12 Facebook workers discussed the company culture in their workplace, saying that racial microaggressions were a common factor amounting to serious discrimination.
While Florida drivers might admire Tesla vehicles for their innovation and luxury, some workers at Tesla's factory allege that the company's solar panel factory is beset by racism and discrimination. A number of employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York Division of Human Rights. According to reports, the factory is heavily segregated, and black and Latino workers have received worse assignments and are more likely to be laid off.
Workers in Florida continue to suffer discrimination on the job, even decades after civil rights laws went into effect. Workplace discrimination can even affect high-ranking executives and other professionals in top decision-making positions. One former executive at CBS television network filed a lawsuit against his former employer, accusing the company of firing him for discriminatory reasons. The former reality TV executive, a man of Japanese descent, says that non-white executives at the network were systematically mistreated on the job. Prior to his dismissal, he served as senior executive vice president for alternative programming.
A Florida senator says that he plans to introduce legislation that would protect individuals who wear their hair in styles associated with their cultural roots from discrimination. Senator Randolph Bracy III, who represents Florida's State Senate District 11, hopes to see the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act passed during the upcoming 2020 legislative session. If the bill reaches the desk of Governor Ron DeSantis, it would prohibit discrimination in workplaces and public schools based on hairstyles such as dreadlocks, braids and twists.
There has been increased attention to workplace discrimination and other forms of on-the-job mistreatment in Florida and across the nation. Still, these issues have not stopped with that focus. For people who have been confronted with workplace discrimination, it's important to know how to address the problem.
Business owners in Florida and throughout the country are typically barred from taking actions that could be interpreted as racial discrimination. One man who worked for Founders Brewing in Detroit claimed in a lawsuit that the company had an overtly racist culture. He claimed that others within the organization used blatantly racist language on multiple occasions. However, a manager for the company refused to acknowledge that the employee who filed the suit was black.
Florida employers may engage in both overt and subtle forms of racial discrimination. While such behavior is generally prohibited in the workplace, it can be difficult to detect it when it occurs. This is because there could be many reasons why a company decided to hire one person over another or promote one individual at the expense of another. However, there may be clues that an employer made a decision based on a person's race as opposed to an individual's qualifications.
Florida employees may file discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). When the EEOC receives a charge, the first step is to notify the employer that this has happened. From there, an investigation will likely occur, and the type of investigation that occurs will depend largely on the strength of the evidence a worker presents. It may reveal that no wrongdoing occurred, which would result in the charge being dismissed.