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May 2013 Archives

Workers with disabilities should not need to compete for new jobs

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers in Florida and throughout the country are required to offer reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities. This might mean a number of things. For example, a reasonable accomodation might mean that an employee will be put on light duty or be relieved of certain duties. It might mean that a worker will be offered certain tools or equipment. Another reasonable accommodation may be transferring an employee who becomes disabled into a vacant position for which he or she is suited.

Wet Seal settles race discrimination lawsuit

The young woman's retailer Wet Seal announced earlier this month that it will pay $7.5 million to settle a race discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit . The allegations contained in the lawsuit were much more aggressive than what is typically seen in discrimination cases here in South Florida.

EEOC accuses company of genetic information discrimination

We often write about employment discrimination in this Broward County Employment Law Blog. Discrimination in employment is illegal in just about any shape or form under federal law. One type of discrimination that we have not discussed very much is genetic information discrimination.

U.S. House votes to change overtime law

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would change the country's longstanding overtime pay regulations. As it currently stands, hourly workers in Florida who put in more than 40 hours in one week must be paid time-and-one-half their regular rate of pay for any additional hours; under the recently passed bill, workers could decide whether they want to receive overtime pay or would prefer to earn paid time off instead.

Jury rules against Florida employer in sexual harassment case

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that a significant sexual harassment and retaliation case involving a former Florida vacation agency has come to a close. A federal jury ordered the agency--which had offices in Largo, Orlando and Lake Lauderdale--to pay more than $20 million to eight former employees.

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