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November 2018 Archives

What do I need to know about FMLA?

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers job protection in the event an extended leave due to an illness of other circumstance. Understanding FMLA is crucial should you need to care for your family, as both you and your employer have certain obligations you must adhere to. The United States Department of Labor offers the following information in this case, which can be a good starting point.

Recognizing and preventing age discrimination

One issue that most people do not think about until they become victims of it is age discrimination. Employers in Fort Lauderdale have the right to recruit and hire candidates who match their specifications, but does that mean they can overlook older workers? Technically, and legally, they cannot. Federal law provides workers protection against age discrimination and other unethical/unlawful actions. 

When might nepotism be considered discrimination?

If the owner of your company recently hired his son as your manager, another co-worker might have privately complained about it as a case of nepotism. What is nepotism, you might wonder? Is it illegal, and how can it affect your workplace? You and other Florida residents may be interested in learning when nepotism might be acceptable and whether it could qualify as discrimination.

Handling the denial of sexual harassment

We have covered many different aspects of sexual harassment on our blog and sadly, this continues to remain a problem in workspaces across the country. In Florida, many people are subjected to sexual harassment while they are trying to perform their job and some may be too afraid to step forward, whether they worry about possible repercussions or think that nobody will take them seriously. Moreover, some people who subject others to sexual harassment deny that any wrongdoing took place, which can make these cases especially difficult. That said, victims deserve justice and should be relentless when it comes to holding offenders accountable.

Justice Department appeals ruling protecting transgender workers

In 2016, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in favor of a transgender woman who was fired from her funeral home job after announcing her transition. The appellate panel said that "discrimination against employees, either because of their failure to conform to sex stereotypes or their transgender or transitioning status, is illegal under Title VII" of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII, one of our main civil rights laws, prohibits employment discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion or sex.

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