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February 2013 Archives

Florida lawmakers seek to outlaw pregnancy discrimination

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.

Non-compete agreements can be critical for employers

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.

Workers say they were fired for seeking workers' compensation

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.

Former executive sues bank over employment contract

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.

EEOC receives almost 100,000 discrimination complaints in 2012

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.

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