Retaliation

Retaliation issue which arise in the workplace are discussed in the Employee Rights Reporter, a blog by Sass Law Firm’s employee attorneys.

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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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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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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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BREAKING NEWS: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Laws in Response to the Coronavirus

With the coronavirus amid our communities and isolation and quarantine orders in place, you may have seen lots of talk about new legislation to assist workers to get paid during these uncertain times.  Wait no more! On March 18, 2020, President Trump passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which affords workers unprecedented protections, among …

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Expanded Whistleblower Protection May Be on the Horizon

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created whistleblower protection for employees who exposed corporate violations of securities law.  While it seemed like a win for employees, several courts interpreted the law to mean that employees were only protected as whistleblowers if they disclosed the violations to the …

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Florida Court Rules – Public Whistleblowers Can Recover Compensatory Damages!

On July 24, 2019, in the case of Iglesias v. City of Hialeah, the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida changed the landscape for recoverable damages in retaliation claims by public whistleblowers—state, county and/or local government employees who expose and object to illegal practices and gross mismanagement. In its text, the Florida Whistle-blower Act …

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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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