Tag Archives: Florida Labor and Employment Lawyers

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Overtime Rules and What You Need to Know

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

A change in federal law’s overtime rules that would make millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay? Sound too good to be true? A federal judge thought so, too, when heissued an injunction last month preventing the rule from taking effect. Previously, the Department of Labor set the law in place to be effective… Read More »

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Discrimination on the Basis of Marital Status Under Florida Law

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Can your employer discriminate against you on the basis of marital status? No, under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee or a job applicant on the basis of “color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or marital status.”. To better understand what discrimination based… Read More »

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Background Checks and an Employee’s Rights

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Here is the scenario: you’ve just applied for a new job, the interview went great, and the only thing standing between you and your new career is a background check. Many employees in this situation may wonder, what are your rights when it comes to background checks in employment? Can your employer run a… Read More »

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Elections: Can My Boss Take Action Against Me Because of My Choice for Presidential Candidate?

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

With the upcoming election—an election that is certain to be divisive among Florida residents— it is inevitable that discussions regarding politics may arise at work. So, what if they do? And what if you say something about a candidate your boss does not like? As many Americans may be wondering, what are your rights… Read More »

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Benefits of Being a Benefits Corporation for Employers

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Back in 2014, Florida became the 25th state in the country to allow “Benefit Corporations.” What is a benefits corporation, and how does it benefit employers and/or employees? Learning More About Benefits Corporations A benefits corporation is a title that refers to a particular for-profit corporation that pursues public interest goals at the expense… Read More »

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Unpaid Wages and Uber Drivers

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Do federal labor laws apply to Uber and Lyft drivers? In particular, can Uber drivers file claims for unpaid wages? Examining the trend of recent litigation in both Florida and Illinois, drivers are taking action. Indeed, new lawsuits in both Florida (Lamour v. Uber Technologies, Inc. 1:16-cv-21449) and Illinois (Charles Christopher Johnson v. Uber… Read More »

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Discrimination Against Same-Sex Spouse and Sex Discrimination at Work

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

Can an employee find protections against discrimination through claims of sex discrimination—rather than discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity—in order to expand gay rights in the workplace? That is the question recently posed by an article in Bloomberg Business in relation to a Walmart employee’s workplace discrimination claim. If the court decides… Read More »

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Florida Legislature Declines State Law Granting LGBT Protections at Work

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

The Florida Competitive Workforce Act seemed like a step in the right direction for Florida lawmakers – a recently proposed bill (SB 120) which would expressly prohibit discrimination in the workplace against gay and transgender employees. However, the Florida legislature did not pass the bill. The bill not only aimed to prevent employment discrimination… Read More »

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Soft Sexism and Discrimination in the Male-Dominated Workplace

By Scott • Wagner and Associates |

When does sexism rise to the level of illegal workplace discrimination? According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, sexism happens in the workplace, but many women feel that they cannot find the right language to describe it. The kind of sexism that tends to be pervasive is not the stuff of sex… Read More »

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