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Category Archives: Employment Law

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Miami Company Agrees to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit for $150,000

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a press release from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), USA Parking Services, Inc. — a Miami based valet and parking company — has agreed to pay $150,000 in compensatory damages to settle a disability discrimination claim brought by a deaf job applicant who was denied an opportunity to seek a position… Read More »

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Jacksonville Agrees to Pay $4.9 Million to Settle a Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 14th, 2019 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), announced that the City of Jacksonville — more specifically, the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters — agreed to pay $4.9 million to affected parties to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit. In addition, the city agreed to take measures to reform the employment practices within… Read More »

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EEOC Sues Florida Company for Pregnancy Discrimination

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a press release from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), two United States military contractors in North Florida are being sued for pregnancy discrimination. The EEOC claims that these companies (M2 Services Corporation and Day & Zimmermann Group) improperly forced a pregnant worker to take unpaid leave and then unlawfully fired her… Read More »

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Jury Awards Florida Dishwasher $21 Million in Punitive Damages in Discrimination Claim

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a Florida jury has awarded a Miami dishwasher more than $21 million in financial damages. She filed a lawsuit against her former employer after the company repeatedly failed to accommodate her religious beliefs. Eventually, the company terminated her from its position. While much of the… Read More »

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Can You Fire an Employee For No Reason in Florida?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Florida is an ‘at-will’ employment state. Under these rules, employers have the right to terminate an employee at any time and without giving any advanced notice. Florida employers can fire a worker for a legitimate reason and they can also fire a worker for no reason at all. Companies have wide discretion over their… Read More »

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Can Florida Employers Use Criminal Records and Arrest Record When Screening Applicants?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

For those who have a criminal record, obtaining a job can sometimes prove to be more challenging. Florida employers often use criminal backgrounds checks as part of their screening and hiring process. The use of criminal background checks has become more common in recent years: The National Association of Professional Background Screeners reports that… Read More »

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Do Disabled Employees Have a Right to Telecommute Under the ADA?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

With modern technology, more and more jobs can be performed remotely. In U.S. workplaces, telecommuting is on the rise: Small Business Trends reports that approximately one quarter of Americans work from home at least some of the time. For many disabled workers, this is a welcome trend. The additional flexibility provides many new opportunities…. Read More »

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EEOC Alleges that Central Florida Restaurant Fired Female Bartender for Complaining About Sexual Harassment

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On September 27th, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the agency has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, a restaurant based in the heart of Orlando, Florida. The EEOC alleges that the restaurant unlawfully discriminated against a female bartender on the basis of her sex by permitting and… Read More »

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Misclassified Workers: Exotic Dancers Win Employment Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Daily Business Review, a South Florida jury has awarded nearly $900,000 in financial compensation to a group of exotic dancers who were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result of the misclassification, these dancers missed out on overtime pay, minimum wage coverage, and other important employment… Read More »

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Miami Hotel Settles $2.5 Million Workplace Discrimination and Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 30th, 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that SLS Hotel, a luxury hotel with locations in both Downtown Miami and on South Beach, has agreed to settle a racial discrimination claim for $2.5 million. According to the allegations raised in the complaint against the company, SLS hotel management discriminated against… Read More »

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