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Can I refuse to take lunch breaks?

Rules about lunch and meal breaks vary from workplace to workplace, or even from state to state. As a result, it can be complicated for workers to navigate the specific rules at their given place of employment. One common question concerns whether it's permissible for a worker to refuse a lunch break. The Balance aims to answer this and other questions regarding the legality of lunch and meal breaks for workers. 

What is disparate impact?

Disparate impact in Florida occurs when the business practices at your place of employment, or a place where you would like to work, have a disproportionately negative effect on individuals of a protected class, even though there is no intent to discriminate behind the practice. According to FindLaw, it is difficult to prove a case of disparate impact in court. It often requires considerable statistical analysis to demonstrate that members of your protected class are experiencing a negative outcome more often and more consistently than members of other groups. For this reason, the court considers each claim on a case-by-case basis. 

Dealing with lactation issues at work

As a new mother in Fort Lauderdale, you no doubt cherish those first few months that you have to bond with your new baby. Going back to work once your maternity leave has ended can be extremely difficult, yet not simply due to having to leave your baby. If you are nursing your newborn, then the task of storing  breastmilk when your baby is not eating is vital. Postpartum lactation is often a difficult subject to address, and you (like many others that we here at The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, PA have worked with) may feel self-conscious about bringing it up with your employer. Yet the law recognizes your needs, and has put protections in place to help you while you are at work. 

Understanding initial probationary employment periods

There will almost always be some amount of trepidation when you start a new job in Fort Lauderdale. You want to come in right away an impress your new employer. In many professional positions, however, it is often understood that there will be an early acclimation period during which you get up to speed with regard to your new responsibilities. It is for this reason why so many come to us here at The Law Office of Michelle Cohen Levy, P.S. confused as to why they were so quickly dismissed from their new positions. Oftentimes, employers in such situations will state that these people were let go during their probationary period. 

What is the status of the proposed minimum wage increase?

As a worker in Florida, you may be aware of a movement to increase the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. Since the current minimum wage in the United States is $7.25, this would represent a dramatic change, more than doubling the current minimum. While once regarded as unfeasible, even quixotic, CNN reports that the Raise the Wage Act recently reached the congressional floor. 

Did your accent cost you a job promotion?

Everyone speaks a bit differently. Whether you come from the Deep South, the Bronx, middle America, a foreign country or somewhere else, you probably have some sort of accent. While the way you speak is likely an integral part of your identity, an accent may hold you back in the workplace. 

How can I heal from past sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment impacts people in more ways than one. Even if your workplace has sufficiently dealt with the issue, chances are you're still caught in the emotional aftermath. Proper healing from harassment is important both professionally and personally. Very Well Mind recommends taking the following steps after you've experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. 

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