Category Archives: Discrimination

Discrimination2

Can A Florida Employer Discriminate Against LGBTQ Workers Based On Customer Preference?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Last June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling in Bostock v. Clayton Cty., Georgia. In the decision, the court’s majority clarified that LGBTQ workers are already protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ status is a form of sex discrimination. You… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Employees

Miami EEOC Office Hosts Event Highlighting COVID-19 And Impact On Asian-American Employees

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosted a free event to bring attention to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Asian-American community across the country—particularly in regards to “violence, harassment and acts of bias against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).” The event was held in Miami, FL… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
EmploymentDiscrimination

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against South Florida Hotel

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

On February 24th, 2021, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the agency is filing a religious discrimination lawsuit against Noble House Solé, LLC, a boutique hotel located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The federal agency charges that the company unlawfully discriminated against an employee when it refused to offer a religious accommodation… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
DisabledEmp

Florida Company Agrees to Pay $35,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

On December 18th, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Interconnect Cable Technologies Corporation—an electronic products manufacturing company headquartered in Florida—will pay $35,000 to settle a disability discrimination claim filed on behalf of an employee. The company also entered a consent decree with the federal agency. The EEOC filed the employment claim… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
ReligDiscr

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace: An Overview of Employee Rights

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants on the basis of religion or their lack of religion. Beyond merely avoiding overt acts of disparate treatment, covered employers also have a duty to provide reasonable religious accommodations to employees. Many workers in Florida have… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
EmpLaw

No Pretext for Illegal Discrimination: How Florida Businesses Can Protect Themselves Against Baseless Accusations

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Florida employers need to carefully document key employment-related decisions, such as when and how to promote certain employees. It is far too easy to fall into a trap where a disgruntled employee turns around and files a lawsuit alleging illegal discrimination when they have been denied a promotion. Under federal law, an employer can… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Employee

“Don’t Complain or We Might Get Sued!” Why Florida Employers Need to Avoid Discouraging Employees from Voicing Concerns About Workplace Discrimination

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Florida employers need to exercise care when dealing with employees who have alleged illegal discrimination in the workplace. Even if the allegations of discrimination prove to be unfounded, you cannot punish the employee who initially made the complaint. Such acts of “retaliation” are also illegal. Of course, you can still discipline or fire an… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Law

Supervisor Liability: When a Supervisor’s Actions Expose Employers to Lawsuit

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

With the prevalence of claims against harassers as part of the #metoo movement, this is an excellent time for employers to review their policies and procedures as they relate to reporting harassment and handling complaints of harassment. A common misconception by many Florida employers is that they are not responsible for the actions of… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
SexHarassment

Are Unpaid “Volunteers” Protected Under Employment Discrimination Laws?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

With sexual harassment continuing to draw national attention in the wake of the #MeToo movement, it is important more now than ever that employers are cognizant of their responsibilities to their employees under the law – including volunteers. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
Discrim5

Eleventh Circuit Reinforces Convincing Mosaic Standard in Gender and Race Discrimination Cases

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

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 »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn