Not all employees are treated equally and many find themselves the victims of various kinds of abuse while on the job. Employment-related lawsuits are a way for employees in Florida and elsewhere to seek justice after instances of abuse, such as being sexually harassed. Florida courts, and courts in other states throughout the nation, take sexual harassment allegations seriously and strive to protect the victims from continued injustice. Compensation is available and no person should have to put up with this kind of mistreatment.
In the state of Florida, legal loopholes exist to prevent unpaid interns from filing sexual harassment claims. This could change, though, after a recent case has taken center stage in the national spotlight. A young woman filed a sexual harassment case against a company in which she had served as an unpaid intern. However, the presiding judge ruled that the woman did not have any rights to bring forward the action because she was not technically an employee.
Merrill Lynch is to pay $160 million in a settlement with African American stockbrokers. One African American stockbroker filed the initial lawsuit, claiming race discrimination. He alleged that Merrill Lynch gave better opportunities to Caucasian stockbrokers than to African American ones. The kind of discrimination claimed by the plaintiffs in this case is common both in Florida and in the rest of the United States.
The company that created Archie comic books has been targeted in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the co-CEO of the company is guilty of sexual harassment and purposefully creating a hostile work environment filled with intimidation and inappropriate behavior. The comic book maker's editor in chief, in addition to six more employees, brought this lawsuit forward after a previous sexual harassment lawsuit was filed in July 2011. The previous lawsuit settled out of court but employees say that the inappropriate behavior continues to be a problem.
A young, mentally-handicapped man was recently awarded $450,000 in damages after filing a federal employment law complaint against Kroger in another state. The complaint accused the supermarket chain of discrimination. Specifically, the man alleged that his manager at Kroger harassed him and called him names because of his mental disabilities. This kind of discrimination is common in the state of Florida, but it largely goes unreported. The fact that this man sought justice is commendable.