As many workers in South Florida are well aware, Broward County has been called the 15th worst place in the nation for wage theft. Wage theft is a term that applies when workers are not paid for their work, or are not paid at least minimum wage or proper overtime rates. Wage theft also happens when workers are forced to work off the clock or their timecards are manipulated. Back in June it was reported that Broward County had the third largest number of wage-theft cases in the state, and now the Broward County Commission has attempted to put a stop to this trend.
Those who watched the second presidential debate from Miami on Tuesday know that the candidates were asked about women's rights in the workplace. Specifically, an audience member asked President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney about how they intend to close the wage gap between men and women.
Whistle-blower is a term given to those who step forward to report illegal activity by their employer. The wrongdoing can fall under any number of Florida state laws or federal laws, such as environmental violations or tax fraud, and unfortunately whistle-blowers are often retaliated against or even fired by their employers. There are laws that protect whistle-blowers, however, and there is a course of legal action for those who have been retaliated against.
It is no secret that Americans are becoming heavier. In fact, almost 37 percent of adults in the U.S. are currently classified as obese and this number is growing. As the government and other organizations are trying to curb this trend, employers here in Florida may feel pressure to keep overweight people off of their payrolls in an effort to keep health care costs down. But, is this employment discrimination?