When allegations of discrimination arise, the claims can have a ripple effect across an entire company. Other employees may decide to step forward and accuse their employer or a manager of wrongdoing, and the charges can be very damaging for businesses of all sizes. Sometimes, these allegations are the result of a problem that is widespread throughout a firm. In other instances, allegations of discrimination are completely baseless, such as a worker who is disgruntled for another reason. Racial discrimination is an especially common issue that can be very difficult from an employee's perspective and a business owner's perspective as well.
As you know, there are many rules and laws regarding owning a business in Florida, especially when it comes to having employees. Depending on the nature of your business, you may have decided to classify some of your workers as independent contractors. It’s important to understand what exactly an independent contractor is, and whether the ones working for you are misclassified.
Although an employee may be fired for any reason, employees have rights when it comes to being disciplined for retaliatory reasons. Florida business owners should be aware of the laws surrounding discriminatory retaliation, or they may be subject to an employment lawsuit.
Floridian business owners like you have a lot on your plate. You are making decisions constantly in order to keep your business progressing and prospering. The Law Offices of Levi Williams, P.A., can be here to act as support and explain when and where corporate counsel could potentially help you out.
While sexual harassment is generally thought of as a man harassing a woman, the roles may be reversed. Men are victims of sexual harassment as well. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, incidents of men being harassed by women in the workplace are on the rise. In 2014, 17.5 percent of sexual harassment charges were filed by men, which is a dramatic increase from the 11 percent that was reported in 1997. These numbers are thought to be underrepresented of the number of sexual harassment cases against men that actually occur, as a number of men do not want to report the case for fear of embarrassment or retaliation.
Sexual harassment is certainly taboo at the workplace. This is especially true today, where the media is filled with reports of women and men being sexually harassed by people at work. Employers are responsible for providing a work environment safe from harassment of any type. When workers are asked to perform sexual acts in order to advance in the company or forced to put up with unwelcomed comments, they may decide to pursue legal action as a way to combat the behavior.
As a Florida business owner, you do your best to ensure your employees are happy and treated fairly. One of the benefits employees can utilize when necessary, as you know, is workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp benefits you by preventing an employee from suing you after a job-related injury. However, your insurance premiums are likely to increase when members of your staff are hurt on the job.
If you think you left bullying and hazing behind in high school and college, think again. Many people never grow out of that bullying mentality. At the Law Offices of Levi Williams, P.A., we understand that bullying in the workplace not only affects the productivity and morale of employees, it can also present legal problems for Florida business owners.
When you work in Florida or anywhere else in the United States, federal law prohibits your employer from firing you or retaliating against you in any way whatsoever if and when you report workplace discrimination to your supervisor and/or to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As the EEOC explains, any act on your employer’s part that would inhibit you or your co-workers from reporting discrimination constitutes a prohibited adverse employment action.
Floridian residents like you work hard every day at your jobs. However, there are some unavoidable situations in which it becomes temporarily impossible for you to continue working. This is where the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, comes into play. But just what is this act?