Job seekers in Florida naturally want to be given a fair shot at a job for which they feel they are qualified. Being denied a job on the basis of race can thus be demeaning and is illegal. Two restaurants in another state recently said they would pay more than$1 million to settle a workplace discrimination suit alleging that they mistreated black job applicants as well as employees.
July 2 was the 50-year anniversary of when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law. This important law made racial discrimination illegal throughout the nation, including in Florida. It also made discrimination based upon religious beliefs, sex and national origin illegal. Its primary goal was to end racial segregation in schools, abolish unfair voter registration requirements and stop workplace discrimination. It also aimed to stop the discrimination of customers at hotels, restaurants and stores that catered to the public.
Florida workplace discrimination claims arise out of many different circumstances and scenarios. Some relate to race discrimination, some relate to sex discrimination and others are caused by age discrimination. At this time in the United States, baby boomers have caused the senior workforce population to grow considerably. As a result, age-related workplace discrimination may become a bigger and bigger problem in years to come.
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.
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.