Under both federal law and Florida state law, almost every form of discrimination is illegal when it comes to employment. In some cases, federal anti-discrimination laws conflict with state laws, however, making it difficult for both employers and employees to understand their rights and responsibilities. One of these areas involves the treatment of pregnant women.
When a company hires and fires employees they may worry about the safety of their company's trade secrets or client lists. The risk of an employee taking information can be very real. For employers who want to ensure their confidential information stays that way, establishing a non-compete agreement may be beneficial.
Here in Florida, those who suffer on-the-job injuries, occupational illnesses or other workplace-related health issues have the right to report these issues to their employers as well as seek workers' compensation benefits. Such benefits typically cover medical expenses and related lost wages, among other things. While workers' compensation law is quite complicated, one very simple and straight-forward area of the law states that workers cannot be terminated for reporting injuries.
Many people in Florida are employed under the guidelines of an employment contract. Often used for executive level employees, employment contracts tend to dictate the terms of salary, benefits and severance, among other things.
This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released statistics about the employment discrimination complaints that it received during fiscal year 2012, giving us a picture here in Florida of the rights violations that workers are up against. The fiscal year lasts from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.