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October 2019 Archives

Supreme Court to rule in ADEA case

Florida residents and others over the age of 40 are generally covered by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). This legislation applies to those who work in the private sector as well as for the government. However, the 9th Circuit ruled that age discrimination is acceptable as long as it isn't the main reason why an employment decision was made. The same conclusion was reached in another case heard by the 11th Circuit.

Study finds female bosses face uphill battle at work

Research indicates that workers in Florida and elsewhere may not take kindly to being criticized by a female boss. A study hired 2,700 workers to transcribe receipts for a hypothetical boss who was given either a male or female name. After completing the task, a percentage of those workers were given feedback from their hypothetical managers. Generally speaking, participants were less enthusiastic about their work after receiving criticism from a woman as opposed to receiving it from a man.

Workplace discrimination hinders career advancement

Despite the many legal workplace protections, too many workers continue to face discrimination in Florida and across the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court is now hearing several cases addressing discrimination against workers on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. These cases have thrown a light on the general issue of workplace discrimination nationwide. While the Obama administration's Justice Department and some appeals courts have considered these matters to be a form of sex discrimination, the Trump administration and others disagree.

Understanding differential pay

Many in Fort Lauderdale define a workday as beginning at around 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 5:00 p.m. Indeed, this is standard work week recognized by most. Yet countless people work outside of these hours, plying their trades in the evening or late night. Working such a schedule an exact a physical and psychological toll on a person, yet there are some industries that demand that their practitioners be available at all times. 

New NPRM for tip regulation

An employee's pay plays a strong part in determining the quality of life that the employee is able to sustain. As such, it can be quite beneficial for employees to stay abreast of current laws.

$1.2 million awarded to police officer in harassment lawsuit

When one experiences sexual harassment in the workplace in Fort Lauderdale, it can easily feel like a violation of both their dignity and safety. The uneasiness that they feel is something that should be respected, not judged. It is for this very reason that employers who have been notified that such a violation has taken place are expected to act rather than be the adjudicators as to whether or not an offense actually took place. Oftentimes, the accuser is not even looking to get the person who harassed them in trouble, but rather is simply trying to escape the situation. When employers fail to act appropriately in such situations, they open themselves up to liability claims. 

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