Florida employees who wish to file a legal claim against an employer for racial discrimination may do so under 42 U.S.C. 1981 or Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. However, it is important to understand the differences in these two laws so that a legal claim is pursued properly. For example, Title VII deals with multiple protected classes while Section 1981 only prohibits racial and ethnic discrimination.
Employers in Florida and across the United States have received updated guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding national origin discrimination. The direction arrived in the form of a questions and answers guide intended to help employers better understand anti-discrimination laws. Businesses get tasked with familiarizing themselves with the updated guidance to ensure that they remain compliant with the anti-discrimination laws that impact national origin discrimination.
People who work in the hospitality industry in Florida know that restaurant culture is often casual and carefree. While camaraderie between coworkers can be a positive thing in a restaurant, some restaurant managers get too comfortable and end up crossing the line. Restaurant workers who feel that they have been sexually harassed or discriminated against at work may choose to file lawsuits.
While some people may argue that not hiring people with dreadlocks is racial discrimination, a court recently ruled that it isn't. This decision could have ramifications in workplaces across Florida. According to the court's decision, racial discrimination is interpreted as discrimination against biological traits, not hairstyles that are generally associated with a particular race.