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March 2013 Archives

What are your rights to parental, caretaker and sick leave?

Florida residents often consider unpaid maternity leave as an employment benefit, but in fact this is an employment right. The Family and Medical Leave Act went into effect in 1993 to allow people to take time off of work in certain situations--including for the birth or adoption of a child. The FMLA, however, does not only cover maternity or paternity leave, but also a number of other situations.

Florida employer settles complaint for favoring immigrants

When we discuss discrimination in employment in this Broward County Employment Law Blog, we are typically discussing cases in which employers treat employees of protected classes unfairly in the workplace. In a recent case that has been settled in Florida, a company has agreed to pay $27,750 for reportedly violating anti-discrimination law in its recruiting efforts.

Woman says she was fired for being pregnant and gay

Florida is an at-will employment state. This means that employers can generally fire their employees for pretty much any reason. A reason for terminating an employee in Florida can be anything from a performance issue, to budget cuts, to a simple personal dislike for the employee. However, although employers do have a lot of leeway to get rid of unwanted employees, they cannot fire employees in violation of any state or federal employment law.

Octogenarian accuses Boynton Beach library of age discrimination

In Florida, and throughout the country, one type of discrimination that is outlawed in employment is age discrimination. Age discrimination takes place when a job applicant or an employee receives unfavorable treatment because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act specifically prohibits employers from discriminating against workers who are 40 or older. Unfortunately, this still does sometimes occur, but when it does employees do have the right to pursue legal action.

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