Employees report a wide range of issues in the workplace, from security risks and assault to privacy violations and harassment. Working with an experienced employment lawyer in Florida can help you stay compliant with federal and state laws, as well as minimize your risk of litigation.
Library Employee Sues FSU After School Shooting
In a case that lasted over four years, a Strozier Library employee at Florida State University (FSU) sued the institution after coming face-to-face with a school shooter who injured three during his attack. While the school argued that they could not be held responsible for the actions of the shooter, the library employee claimed that she was not warned of the dangers of working in the 24-hour library. She also alleged that the university did not provide properly trained security to protect against incidents like the shooting. FSU and the employee finally reached a settlement, which reflects the responsibility of Florida employers to protect employees by meeting certain security standards.
Class Action Suit Claims McDonald’s Violated FCRA
A class action lawsuit filed in Florida against McDonald’s claims that the fast food restaurant violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by pulling consumer reports on job applicants. Applicants contend that information regarding the consumer reports was buried in other types of paperwork, and that as a result, they were unaware the reports would be pulled.
Other Common Employee Lawsuits in Florida
Employers face many other types of lawsuits in Florida courtrooms. Here are a few of the most common:
- Discrimination. On a federal level, employees are protected from discrimination through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employees may claim discrimination if they fit into protected classes, which include race, sex, religion, nationality, age, disability, or sexual preference. Discriminatory discharge occurs when an employee is fired because they are part of a legally protected group.
- Harassment. Harassment is one type of lawsuit that is prevalent across many different industries. It includes offensive conduct that targets employees in protected categories, offensive speech and/or pictures, physical assault, threats, and other types of interaction that can negatively impact an employee’s work performance.
- Retaliation. Employees may claim retaliation if they are fired, lose hours, or are otherwise punished for filing a discrimination claim, reporting FLSA violations or refusing to participate in illegal activity.
- Hostile Work Environment. While the court sets the standards fairly high for hostile work environment cases, unfortunately these types of cases are still fairly common in Florida. A work environment is considered hostile if it leaves employees unable to carry out their regular job duties due to the actions of a manager or coworker.
- Wrongful Termination. Wrongful termination is a fairly narrow standard in Florida, since Florida is an at-will state that allows employers to fire employees for almost any reason. Termination may be considered wrongful if it is considered either retaliatory or discriminatory.
Even if a company strictly adheres to employment laws, it can still be put at risk through the actions of their managers and employees. Employment and business lawyers can assess potential legal risks for companies, as well as make recommendations that protect employers from lawsuits.
Keep Your Business Safe from Employee Lawsuits
Employment law is a constantly evolving field, and it can be challenging for business owners to keep up with legal requirements. With the Law Office of Todd M. Kurland, P.A. on your side, you can feel confident knowing that you have a skilled employment attorney to handle contract disputes, employee lawsuits, and other issues. Call us at (561) 693-4514 to schedule an appointment.