Discrimination

Discrimination and complaints of discrimination in the workplace addressed in the Employee Rights Reporter, the blog provided by Sass Law Firm’s employment attorneys.

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New Vaccine Mandates for Federal Employees

We have previously published a blog, Ten Takeaways from EEOC New Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID19 Vaccines, which explained how employers could require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Recently, President Biden issued an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to mandate their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 without any test-out option. In …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Update: President Biden’s Executive Order for Employers With Over 100 Employees

We previously issued articles discussing the EEOC’s guidance on vaccine mandates, Recent EEOC Guidance on Mandatory Vaccinations:  Can You be Fired for Refusing to Get Vaccinated? and Ten Takeaways from EEOC new Guidance on Employers Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines.  Since those articles, and in the wake of the Delta variant, there have been significant updates including …

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EEOC Resources on Workplace Sexual Orientation and Transgender Discrimination

One year after the landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, the EEOC launched a resource page dedicated to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination (SOGI).  This invaluable resource explains the Bostock decision and provides an overview of information on SOGI protections for workers. The Bostock Decision As we previously blogged, in June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court found that discrimination against employees based …

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FCRA prohibits sexual orientation and gender identity/transgender discrimination

The Florida Commission of Human Relations (FCHR) formally announced that it will accept and investigate workplace discrimination complaints based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. This unprecedented move follows last years’ U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and President Biden’s recent January 20, 2021 Executive Order committing to combat sexual orientation …

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Can I be fired for my social media posts?

Employees can be fired for their social media posts. In Florida, most employees are employed at will. At will employment means that you can be fired for any reason unless the reason violates federal or state laws. Many people believe the First Amendment prohibits an employer from firing them because of their protected speech in …

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Can you be fired for being gay or transgender? Supreme Court rules no!

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that federal law protects LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination. In this landmark decision, the Court resolved a dispute between the lower courts on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits sexual orientation discrimination.  Read the full opinion here. Title VII …

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Examples of Wrongful Termination in Florida

Wondering if you have a claim for wrongful termination? While Florida does not recognize an independent claim for wrongful termination, federal and state laws makes it unlawful to terminate employees based on the following: Discrimination/Harassment – If you believe you were terminated because of a protected characteristic recognized by federal, state or local law, this …

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Employment and the Coronavirus Pandemic – Know Your Rights

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak caused by the coronavirus, also called COVID-19, a global pandemic. This pandemic has created new and confusing issues for employers and employees alike. What happens if you cannot work because your child’s school is closed and you are unable to find childcare? Can your employer announce that all …

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Top FIVE Employee Rights Myths Debunked

When we consult with clients, they are often surprised to learn that common beliefs about their rights as employees are incorrect.  Here is the truth about the top five employee rights myths. I can sue for “wrongful termination.” NOT TRUE. Florida does not recognize a claim for “wrongful termination.” In Florida, employment is considered “at-will” …

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Are Employees of Elected Officials Protected from Discrimination?

Do you work for an elected official of the State of Florida? Have you been discriminated against based on your race, sex, disability, age or other protected characteristic? You might be surprised to learn that common federal anti-discrimination laws (such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the American with Disabilities Act or the …

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