A new ruling on workplace discrimination has been made by the Supreme Court in Florida. The Court held that employers are not allowed to discriminate against pregnant workers under state law. According to the court's opinion, the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 protects pregnant women from workplace discrimination. This, of course, is in addition to the legal rights that have already been assured by federal laws.
Many Florida workers may not be aware of the full extent of their rights under the law. Nevertheless, powerful legislation exists that gives employees the right to pursue sexual harassment claims and other forms of workplace discrimination claims. That said, there is one group of workers in Florida that is grossly under protected when it comes to employment law: unpaid interns.
A man who was formerly employed by Harley-Davidson says that he was wrongfully terminated from his position at the company. The man says that he was not only the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by his co-workers, but he believes he was later fired because he reported the harassment. In his claims, he says that he was the victim of retaliation for reporting sexual harassment to his superiors.
An ex-utility company employee has been awarded compensatory and punitive damages in a wrongful termination case. Among the causes of action in his case, the man cited retaliation. He says that he was terminated from his job after he complained that his employer was unfairly targeting underprivileged people with unnecessary fees. This case occurred in another state. However, state and federal courts in Florida see a large number of wrongful termination cases every year.