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What constitutes workplace harassment?

A few weeks ago, our blog discussed how those employees who are victimized by sexual harassment do have options for seeking justice. In today's post, we'll expand this discussion by taking a closer look at sexual harassment itself, namely the two forms of this conduct that are expressly prohibited by both federal and state law.

FedEx case at the heart of debate over independent contractors

Two of the biggest package delivery companies in the U.S. are United Parcel Service and Federal Express. UPS delivery drivers and FedEx delivery drivers do substantially similar work. Most of us couldn’t tell the difference between the two, save for the uniforms that they wear and the logos on the trucks that they drive.

Pregnant employees should know three things about the workplace

The plethora of “help wanted” signs should say it all. Retailers throughout Florida are preparing for the holiday season and will be hiring thousands of temporary workers between now and Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). However, for those seeking extra employment who may be pregnant may have some difficulty finding work. Additionally, some employers may not know about the state and federal rules that protect pregnant workers and may take certain actions against them that may be illegal (such as limiting breaks and time off for appointment, requiring improper physical exertion).  Because of this, it is critical for pregnant workers to understand their rights and protect themselves.

Those victimized by sexual harassment do have options

Thanks to the large population, temperate weather conditions and thriving tourism, the restaurant industry here in Florida has always enjoyed considerable success. As such, many men and women of all ages choose to make their living as servers, cooks, hosts and managers at both chain restaurants and independently owned establishments.

Lawsuit: State officials discriminated on basis of military service

In a rather fascinating story, both the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and Governor Rick Scott have been named in a lawsuit filed by an employee with the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco alleging that he was unlawfully discriminated against on account of his ongoing military service.

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