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Category Archives: Labor and Employment

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Porky’s Bayside Pays Employees More than $73K for Unpaid Overtime

By Robert S. Norell |

According to the Economic Policy Institute, restaurant employees typically have “very low-wage jobs with few benefits, and many restaurant workers live in poverty or near-poverty.” Many restaurant employees desperately need their jobs because they cannot find other employment. Sadly, some restaurant owners take advantage of their employees’ circumstances by depriving them of the wage… Read More »

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Aging Workers Face Discrimination When Employers Cut Payroll Costs

By Robert S. Norell |

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 32.5% of Florida’s population will be 60 or older by the year 2030. Older workers contribute valuable knowledge and experience to the workplace, but they are often the first to be fired when employers decide to cut costs. The loss of employment often creates a crisis, given the… Read More »

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Automatic Payroll Deductions for Lunch Breaks May Violate the Rights of Florida Employees

By Robert S. Norell |

Nonexempt employees are entitled to be paid if they work through lunch. Yet some employers have a policy that automatically deducts a lunch period from the time an employee works each day, whether or not the employee stops working. Federal law makes that practice unlawful, and Florida employment lawyers are holding employers accountable when… Read More »

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Wage Law Protections for Florida Employees Who Earn Commissions or Tips

By Robert S. Norell |

Most employees must be paid overtime and nearly all must be paid minimum wage. However, Florida employers sometimes deny the full protection of those laws to employees who earn commissions or tips as part of their compensation.  Florida wage and hour lawyers are aware that many employers misapply the law to deprive employees of… Read More »

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What Does The Law Say About Exercising Free Speech And Religious Beliefs In The Workplace?

By Robert S. Norell |

With all of the latest news on NFL players deciding to kneel during the national anthem—and President Trump’s speech that owners should fire anyone who does so—this issue of the right to protest in the workplace, insofar as the First Amendment is concerned, has come up again. We discuss this below, as well as… Read More »

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Administration Argues Against Workers’ Rights in Court

By Robert S. Norell |

On October 2nd the U.S. Supreme Court will be deciding on major issues that affect worker rights to file litigation against employers; specifically, it will be deciding on the consolidated cases Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis, National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA Inc., and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris. Although, during… Read More »

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EEOC Files Parental Leave Discrimination Suit against Estee Lauder

By Robert S. Norell |

This fall, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Estee Lauder, accusing the company of discriminating against a male employee in denying him the same federal parental leave as other employees. The company’s leave policy explicitly offered parental leave to caregivers (typically mothers), and two weeks to non-primary caregivers, which… Read More »

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Non-Compete Clauses in Florida & Worker Protection

By Robert S. Norell |

When employers and employees talk about employment being “at will,” it generally means that the employment relationship can be terminated by either party at any time, for any reason. However, that termination can become more complicated if there is a “non-compete clause” involved. Very broadly, non-compete clauses bar you from going to work for… Read More »

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Justice Department Departs From EEOC on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

By Robert S. Norell |

On July 27th, the Justice Department took a step backwards by arguing—in filing an amicus brief—that the federal civil rights law (Title VII) does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, strangely inserting its opinion into a New York federal case that was otherwise a private dispute between one worker and his… Read More »

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New Study Demonstrates Startling Levels of Sexism in University Departments

By Robert S. Norell |

A new thesis released on the impact of gender discrimination in the field of economics has led to an important conversation about a workplace culture that is characterized as exhibiting outright hostility towards women in the economics profession. While the underrepresentation of women in top university departments like economics has already been well-documented, until… Read More »

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