By Ilona Demenina Anderson With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this is a good time to put some spotlight on office romances and their possible legal repercussions. Falling in love with your coworker? Supervisor? Manager? Wonder no more. Humans fall in love with people who live or work near them, and with those who are available [..]
Happy and Gay: Can Employment Discrimination Based on Sex Also Include Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation?
By Ilona Demenina Anderson The answer to this question is: Maybe… The Georgia Regional Hospital did not pay a female security officer equally as her male counterparts. Her supervisor harassed and discriminated against her not only because of her sex, but she was targeted for failing to carry herself in a feminine manner. The female security officer wore a male uniform and she [..]
All about tips and tipping: Rights of employees in retail and service establishments in Florida, and how all this can change
By Ilona Demenina Anderson What Is a Tip? A tip is monetary value given by a customer in recognition of good service rendered by employees in retail and service establishments. It is not the same as a service charge because a service charge is a contractual obligation between the retail and service establishment and the customer. [..]
Blow the whistle when employers actually violate the law or it might blow in the wind or in your face
By Ilona Demenina Anderson The FWA The Florida Whistleblower Act (FWA) protects employees against retaliation from employers when employees report a violation of the law by their employers or they refuse to participate in unlawful activity or violations of law by their employer. Thus, if Florida employees report violations of law committed by their employers to [..]
By Ilona Demenina Anderson On the campaign trail, President Trump promised that his administration would create more jobs. At the time, candidate Donald Trump did not elaborate how he would go about creating jobs. Less than two months into his term, it is slowly becoming clear that Trump’s policies could affect job creation as well affect [..]
Is Sexual Orientation Discrimination a form of Sex Discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
By Ilona Demenina Anderson A homosexual male employee was harassed at work because of his sexual orientation. He endured insults and was humiliated and endured hostility in the workplace because of his homosexual orientation. He quit his job rather than continue to endure the harassment. He then filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [..]
By Ilona Demenina Anderson It’s still hurricane season through the end of November. When the area is under a hurricane watch, on top of whipping winds, pelting rains, overwhelming storm surges and flash flooding, the things foremost on every employee’s mind is: how do I get to work? Would I get paid if I don’t get [..]
By Ilona Demenina Anderson If you’ve read the title of this article and the title does not ring a bell, it could be that you are the very person who should be reading this article. If you are employed and you signed an employment contract as a condition for being hired, chances are, you have also [..]
By Andres Rivera-Ortiz Most employees employed in the private sector do not have individual employment contracts and are not represented by a union or covered by a collective bargaining agreement between a union and an employer. That means that they are what is called “at will” employees. Employees who are “at will” can be fired, or [..]
By Ilona Demenina Anderson What is overtime pay? Overtime pay is compensation received for hourly work performed that is beyond the minimum of 40 hours per week. It is computed at “time and a half” meaning, your hourly rate plus 50% comprises your overtime pay for every hour worked beyond 40 hours each week. Who gets [..]