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How Do You Prove Discrimination in Hiring?

By Scott Law Team |

There are federal and state laws in place that protect workers in Florida against discrimination in hiring. The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA)—which applies to workers with 15 or more employees—prohibits discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic, including race, gender, and sexual orientation. Notably, hiring discrimination is barred. In this article, you… Read More »

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Can an Employer Require Me to Share My Social Media?

By Scott Law Team |

The overwhelming majority of American adults have at least one social media account that they use on a regular basis. What you post on your social media can be sensitive. This raises an important question: Can an employer require you to share what is on your social media? In Florida, the answer is likely… Read More »

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$33,000 in Back Wages Recovered On Behalf of More than Two Dozen Florida Workers Denied Overtime Pay

By Scott Law Team |

On January 25th, 2024, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor confirmed that $33,319 in back wages and liquidated damages had been recovered on behalf of more than two dozen ambulance service workers in Florida. Investigators found that the company—Excelsior Ambulance Service of Lake City—failed to adjust the overtime pay rate… Read More »

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Employment Lawsuit Filed By Florida Teacher Fired for Alleged Violation of the State’s Highly Controversial “Don’t Say Gay” Law

By Scott Law Team |

According to a report from NBC News, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a teacher who was fired for an alleged violation of Florida’s so-called “don’t say gay” law. The educator purportedly used the gender neutral pronoun “Mx” to refer to themselves in the classroom. In this article, you will find a… Read More »

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Report: Florida is a Hotspot for Employment Litigation

By Scott Law Team |

Lex Machina—a legal analytics company—recently released its 2023 Employment Litigation Report. Notably, the report finds that Florida is one of the nation’s “hotspots” for employment lawsuits. Lex Machina found that more than nine percent of employment litigation was initiated in Florida. For reference, Florida makes up around 6 percent of the nation’s population—meaning the… Read More »

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Were You Fired from Your Job in Florida? Five Signs You Need to Speak to a Lawyer

By Scott Law Team |

Florida is an at-will employment state—meaning an employer can terminate a worker at any time and for virtually any reason. That being said, employees cannot be fired for illegal reasons. If you were recently let go, it is possible that your rights were violated. You may have a valid claim on  the grounds of… Read More »

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Is an Employer Required to Let You Take Time Off for a Funeral In Florida?

By Scott Law Team |

The loss of a close loved one is deeply challenging. The last thing a person wants to think about during try times is their work. This raises an important question: Is an employer required to let you take time off to attend a funeral? In Florida, the answer is largely “no”—while many companies do… Read More »

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Law Enforcement Official in Florida Terminated After Seeing Whistleblower Status

By Scott Law Team |

According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, Patricia Carpenter—the former deputy chief of staff for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)—was terminated after she sought formal whistleblower protection in relation to an alleged  conflict with the Governor’s office. In this article, you will find a more detailed overview of the case… Read More »

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Report: Approximately 14,000 Employees in Florida Owed Money in Unpaid/Underpaid Wages

By Scott Law Team |

According to a report from NBC 6 South Florida, there are approximately 14,000 employees in Florida who are entitled to more than $6.5 million in collective unpaid and underpaid wages. Notably, these are funds that have already been collected by employers from the United States Department of Labor (DOL). The federal agency is trying… Read More »

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Professors in Florida Sue to Challenge Florida’s New Employment Arbitration Ban at Public Universities

By Scott Law Team |

According to a report from Inside Higher Ed, a group of professors and a labor union have filed a lawsuit challenging the legal validity of a new Florida law that bars workplace arbitration for employees of public universities. The union—the United Faculty of Florida—is suing on behalf of the professors who were laid off… Read More »

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