Recent Blog Posts
Every Florida employer needs to be mindful of their duties and responsibilities under federal and state employment discrimination laws. For example, under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) a business may face EEOC charges or a private lawsuit if they fail to make “reasonable accommodation” for an employee’s documented physical or mental impairment. But… Read More »
Now more than ever, if you run a workplace in Florida, it is important to take steps to prevent sexual harassment. Indeed, employers are responsible for providing their employees with a work environment that does not discriminate and is free of harassment. An employer’s allegation that they were not aware of the harassment may… Read More »
So, you’re an employer in Florida and you’ve got a trade secret you want to protect – what are you doing about it? For any employer operating in Florida, , it is important to think about workplace policies designed to protect trade secrets while employees are working for you, as well as policies designed… Read More »
So, you’re a Florida resident and you’ve got a medical marijuana card for your medical condition. Think you’re cool to light up for that medical condition with no repercussions at work? Tread carefully… For any Florida employee with a medical marijuana card, it is important to understand how marijuana use is treated in our… Read More »
In 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) became new law that created a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Prior to this law taking effect, employers or owners of trade secrets who were dealing with trade secret misappropriation were left primarily with remedies in state courts. While the DTSA does not… Read More »
The case of Lewis v. Union City, Georgia, No. 15-11362 (11th Cir. December 15, 2017) involved perception of disability and the convincing mosaic standard for her race and gender claims. Jacqueline Lewis is an African American police detective who was terminated from her position after ten (10) years of service based on the allegation… Read More »
Using the Employer’s Computer System at Work: What is Allowed and What is Illegal (the Computer Abuse and Data Recovery Act)?
If you have a job in Florida in which you regularly have access to your employer’s computer system, or if your job requires you to be on the computer as part of your job duties, you probably wonder with some frequency: what is allowed and what is illegal when it comes to using the… Read More »
What Are Legitimate Business Interests and What Does that Have to Do with My Florida Non-Compete Agreement?
If you’re like many employees working in Florida, you may have signed a non-compete agreement at some time during your employment. Commonly, employees are asked to sign a non-compete as part of their offer of employment letter. Even sometimes, the non-compete agreement is contained within the Employee Handbook and part of what you sign… Read More »
Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Tips for Employers, Business Owners, and Managers
There is no doubt about it. Sexual harassment claims are on the rise. The EEOC reports that it receives more than 27,000 complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace each year. And with the recent allegations against many prominent figures in the media, these types of claims do not show signs of slowing down… Read More »
Responding to Employee Complaints in the Workplace: Best Practices for Business Owners, Employers, and Managers
Are you an employer who received a complaint from an employee concerning employment discrimination or sexual harassment? The first question any employer has in this circumstance is what to do. Have a System in Place to Receive Complaints What are best practices for employers, business owners, and managers who receive complaints from employees? First… Read More »