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Federal Court Permits Former HR Manager’s Pregnancy Discrimination Claim Right to Move Forward

By Scott Law Team |

On May 14th, 2024, Law.com reported that a federal court is allowing the pregnancy discrimination lawsuit of former human resources (HR) Manager of a Florida-based law firm to move forward. In Florida, pregnancy discrimination claims are generally brought under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). In this article, you will find an overview of… Read More »

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Are State Government Employees Protected By Whistleblower Laws in Florida?

By Scott Law Team |

There are more than 160,000 state government employees in Florida. State policy encourages good government and there are specialized rules and regulations that apply to state employees. This raises an important question: Are state workers protected by whistleblower laws in Florida? The short answer is “yes”—the Florida Public Whistleblower Act protects state and municipal… Read More »

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Wage and Hour Case: More than $180,000 Recovered on Behalf of Restaurant Workers in Southwest Florida

By Scott Law Team |

On February 7th, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that it recovered $184,139 in back wages and liquidated damages for several dozen restaurant workers who were improperly denied the full and fair compensation that they earned under the law. The DOL determined that Sails Restaurant LLC—a Naples, FL-based business—violated seasonal guest worker requirements…. Read More »

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What Should an Employer in Florida Do If an Employee Complains About Sexual Harassment?

By Scott Law Team |

Sexual harassment in the workplace remains a significant issue. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that “the harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.” In other words, employers have a proactive… Read More »

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Florida Court Finds Company Not a “Joint Employer” in Workplace Dispute

By Scott Law Team |

On January 29th, 2024, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida declined to find a company a “joint employer” in a workplace dispute. In the case of Williams v. R.T.G. Furniture Corp., the court found that the two employers at issue—R.T.G. Furniture Corp. and SE Independent Delivery Services, Inc. (SEIDS)—are… Read More »

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Proposed Florida Bill Would Bar Most Employers From Asking for Preferred Pronouns (May Face Lawsuit if Passed)

By Scott Law Team |

In January, legislation was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives that would bar many employers in the state from asking employees for their preferred pronouns. The bill—HB 599: Gender Identity Employment Practices—could face some legal challenges if passed into law. In this article, you will find a preview of the proposed law, where… Read More »

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Breaking News: FTC Bans Use of Non-Competes in Essentially All Employment Contracts

By Scott Law Team |

Today, April 23,2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its long-awaited rule banning the use of non-competes in employment contracts. (https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2024/04/ftc-announces-rule-banning-noncompetes). The FTC first proposed this rule in January 2023. At that time, the proposed rule would have been a complete ban on any non-compete agreement. The final rule published today excluded “senior executives,”… Read More »

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Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Injunction—Florida’s “Stop-WOKE” Law Violates First Amendment Protections

By Scott Law Team |

In April of 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Stop Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees Act  (Stop-WOKE Act) into law. The legislation did not take effect. A lawsuit was filed and a court put an injunction in place. On March 4th, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit… Read More »

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Florida Bill to Loosen Child Labor Regulations on 16 and 17 Year Olds Making Progress

By Scott Law Team |

Recently, the Florida Phoenix reported that a reform bill that would loosen up child labor regulations on 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds in the state is making significant progress in the State legislature. Notably, a similar law has been passed in several other states in recent years and the Florida bill could potentially become law in… Read More »

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UPS Pays $150,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Case in North Florida

By Scott Law Team |

On December 22nd, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to pay approximately $150,000 to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit. An employee in Jacksonville, FL was reportedly terminated after seeking disability accommodation for diabetes-related medical needs. Within this blog post, you will find a more… Read More »

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