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Category Archives: Labor and Employment


Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Tips for Employers, Business Owners, and Managers

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

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

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

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 »


Can My Florida Employer Automatically Deduct My Lunch Breaks From My Paycheck?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Are you an hourly employee in Florida whose employer automatically deducts lunch breaks from your paycheck, regardless as to whether you take the break or how long your break may be? If so, is this legal? In short, an employer may deduct a lunch break from your paycheck, but within limitations. Your employer may… Read More »


Are Criminal Background Checks for Florida Employees Legal?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

When you apply for a job in Florida, is your future employer allowed to use the results of a criminal background check when making an employment decision? Or are they allowed to run a background check on you prior to offering you the position? What about running a background check on you while you… Read More »


Do I Have to Give Employees Working in Florida Meal Breaks or Rest Breaks Under Florida Law?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

When it comes to meal breaks and rest breaks in Florida, are employers required to give these to employees? In other words, is an employee entitled to a meal break and/or a rest break anytime they are at work? What are the limitations with regard to an employee’s rights to breaks? And does an… Read More »


What Does It Mean to File a Charge of Discrimination and Who Can File One?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

If you believe you have been discriminated or retaliated against at your Florida workplace due to your race, religion, national origin, gender, genetic information, disability, age, or sexual orientation, or even if you are an employer who is facing a discrimination charge, you are likely to have a lot of questions about how the… Read More »


Can My Employer Deduct Uniform Expenses from My Paycheck and Still Meet Minimum Wage Requirements?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

If you work for minimum wage in Florida, which is currently $8.10 per hour (as of date of this blog), can your employer deduct the cost of a uniform or other required work apparel from your paycheck and still meet minimum wage requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? And if an employer… Read More »


What Does it Mean to Be a Whistleblower Under the Florida Private Whistleblower Act?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

What does it mean to be a whistleblower in Florida against your private-employer? And more specifically, how is a whistleblower defined under the Florida Private Sector Whistle-Blower’s Act (Florida Statutes Section 448.102)? Florida has two separate statutes designed to protect whistleblowers—one designed to protect public employees, and a second designed to protect employees in… Read More »


What Happens During the EEOC and FCHR Investigation Process After I File a Charge of Discrimination against my Florida Employer?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

So, you realized you may have an  employment discrimination claim. If you’re at the point where you’ve gotten your ducks in a row and filed a Charge of Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and/or Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), you may then be wondering, what happens next? At first… Read More »


Am I Protected Against Pregnancy Discrimination Under Florida Law?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

There are many ways in which women may face employment discrimination, from unequal pay to pregnancy discrimination on the job. If you work in Florida and were terminated or demoted after your employer found out you were pregnant, what kinds of protections exist under current law? Until 2015, the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA)… Read More »

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