While it may seem obvious to most that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee on the basis of their gender, race or disability, it's important to understand that there are other grounds that while not entirely obvious are still expressly protected by state and federal law.
In our post last week, our blog discussed how there is currently movement, albeit limited, in Tallahassee to raise the minimum wage here in Florida from $8.05 per hour to as much as $15 per hour.
When it comes to the minimum wage, cities and states across the nation have recently made remarkable strides, with workers struggling to make ends meet in otherwise difficult positions now finding themselves with slightly larger checks at the end of each pay period.
We've recently made remarkable strides here in Florida regarding the issue of workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered workers thanks largely to the efforts of local lawmakers. Indeed, 22 municipalities and 10 counties, which together account more than 50 percent of the state's population, have all passed local ordinances expressly protecting LGBT workers.
In a previous post, we discussed how the majority of employees across the U.S. are presumed to be at-will, meaning their employers are permitted to terminate their services for any legally permissible reason -- or no reason whatsoever.
Many people understandably take immense pride in their work. Indeed, they may consider themselves as nothing less than model employees given that they always put in a solid eight hours of work, always meet their goals and always perform to the best of their abilities.
The issue of employers failing to make the necessary accommodations for the religious practices of employees has generated significant headlines over the last six months. Indeed, just last week we examined how Walt Disney World, one of Florida's larger employers, recently agreed to grant a Sikh worker the right to wear beard and turban after seven long years.
A few weeks ago, our blog discussed how the Supreme Court of the United States recently handed down an important decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, a case that explored whether a job applicant is required to request a religious accommodation in order to secure the protection of the Civil Rights Act.
Here in Florida, we are only on the precipice of introducing medical marijuana to a rather limited degree, meaning it's highly unlikely that we will encounter any significant legal controversy relating to things like employment anytime soon.
While many of us take things like reasonable access to a workplace restroom for granted, the reality is that this might prove to be something of a difficult issue for a transgender co-worker who might find their access to workplace restrooms either limited or unclear.