Broward County residents may remember hearing about a terrible workplace shooting in Orlando back in October. In that incident, a man went to his wife's place of employment and opened fire, wounding his wife and killing three other women. This tragic event may have changed the way that some employers treat employees who are victims of domestic violence, because the employers now fear that the abuser might show up at work.
Miami Beach settled a harassment, intimidation, and racism allegation recently and an investigator hired by the city also found the accusations to be lacking in credibility. The complaint was filed in April by a former black fire recruit who details some horrific events performed on him and derogative language used towards him.
As we have frequently discussed in this Broward County Employment Law Blog, it is illegal for employers to make employment decisions on the basis of discrimination. Among the types of discrimination that are outlawed is disability discrimination. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees as well as job applicants who are disabled, are regarded as disabled or have a record of disability.
Florida is one of the states with the most restrictive laws against non-compete agreements. Because of that, some non-compete agreements may not even be enforceable in Florida's courts.