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.

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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Additional Steps to Take if You Think You are About to Get Fired

Picking up from where we left off last week (see Steps to Take), just before being terminated or at the time you are being fired, you may not always remember all the right questions to ask or actions to take.  In the second part of this series, we provide additional things you can do to …

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Steps to Take if You Feel You are About to Get Fired!

Feeling like you are about to get terminated or laid off? Make sure you take these recommended steps to best protect yourself: TRY TO GET A DOCUMENTED REASON FOR THE TERMINATION OR LAYOFF, IF POSSIBLE. Employers are not legally required to give you a reason for your termination or layoff. This makes it easier for …

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PROVING YOUR CASE: What NOT to Take From Your Employer

If you have a legal dispute in the workplace, you may wonder how to collect the evidence you need to prove your case.  Because you typically have the burden of proving your case, and because important information usually is controlled by the employer, you may be tempted to gather information if you believe you are …

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The Highest Court to Decide Landmark Cases on Sexual Orientation and Title VII

On April 22, 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear three cases: (1) Bostock v. Clayton County; (2) Altitude Express v. Zarda; and (3) R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  The Justices will decide whether sex discrimination, covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act …

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Don’t Speak English? Don’t Worry, English Speaking Only Policies in the Workplace Violate the Law

With more and more diverse and multi-lingual employees in the workplace, employers might institute a workplace rule requiring employees to speak only English in the workplace.  Be wary of these policies as they can constitute a form of national origin discrimination in violation of federal and state laws. An English-only policy will be found to …

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Can You Sue Your Employer for Bullying in the Workplace?

The Workplace Bullying Institute reports that 35% of working adults have reported being bullied at work, and 40% of those targeted never tell their employers according to the 2010 & 2007 U.S. Workplace Bullying Surveys<.  Is one of them you? Currently in Florida, most bullying is legal, since “Rebecca’s Law“, which would have made bullying a first degree misdemeanor and/or a third …

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Supreme Court of Florida Confirms that Only Female Humans Can Get Pregnant

Last week in Delva v. The Continental Group, Inc., the Supreme Court of Florida held that the Florida state law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex includes pregnancy discrimination.  Significantly, in support of its analysis, the Court recognized the obvious—namely that pregnancy is “a natural condition unique to females and a primary characteristic of the female …

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