A South Florida hospital system has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly discriminating against a physician. The Miami-based Baptist Health South Florida is accused of practicing disability discrimination by refusing to honor a reasonable scheduling request from a doctor who has a disability.
As we have previously discussed in this Broward County Employment Law Blog, there are numerous types of discrimination that are illegal in the workplace but obesity discrimination is not one of them. As Americans become heavier and heavier, and health insurance premiums become more and more expensive, many employers are beginning to pressure workers to get in shape.
Many people in Florida are aware that under federal law, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or genetic information. People might be less aware that it is not only illegal for employers to practice discrimination, but it is also illegal for employers to foster a hostile workplace by failing to stop employee-on-employee discrimination or harassment if it is reported.
As we have previously discussed in this Broward County Employment Law Blog, several Florida counties have enacted or worked on local ordinances regarding wages and sick time. In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, ordinances exist that require companies that work with the counties to pay workers wages that are higher than the federal minimum wage. In Orange County, a bill has been introduced that would require many businesses to offer paid sick time to employees. The Florida House has now passed a bill that would prevent county governments from enacting such ordinances.