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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I work at a Hotel in Florida we have cameras in fixed locations and signs that say they are there.

We have recently switched to a corporate company and they hired a new security chief who has his own personal cameras that he moves around the workplace.My question is if an employee is caught stealing or breaking rules is it legal for the company to do this and terminate employee or is it a sort... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 7, 2020

As long as the employees are made aware that there are cameras watching there is nothing illegal about it.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I was recently terminated and I am sure it was due to discrimination but was covered up by a probationary termination..
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Dec 2, 2020

You did not ask a question, but I assume your question is, "Can I make a claim?". Probationary termination cases are tough, since the employer needs no reason whatsoever to terminate, but at the same time, the your race, sex, age, national origin, etc. cannot legally be the reason for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Construction Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I'm being told that i can not work in a community because a HOA board member doesn't like me.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 2, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general premise in any type of discrimination matter, one usually needs to demonstrate violation of rights as a protected class. There aren't a lot of details to go by here, but based on these brief facts, it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Does disclosing a mental illness related disability to my employer offer any protection to your position?
Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Dec 1, 2020

In a sense, yes. This is always a tough decision. If you ever need to bring a claim against your employer based on your disability but did not disclose to them you had the disability, your claim may be jeopardized.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I'm confused and about to lose my place because my job is not scheduling me to work. Need help or advice.

I was working a security job at one site and was not contacted over the weekend that I was to be moved to a different site. I started working the new site that following Monday was not put on the schedule. I worked Monday through Friday before and only worked 3 days last week. I was told I wild be... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 10, 2020

Unless you have an employment contract you have no options. Why?

Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means private employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I'm an irrigation contractor that is being discriminated from being able to work in a neighborhood.

I have customers that are requesting my services in a community and they are being told they can use anyone but me to work on their property because a member of the HOA does not like me. This has cost me a loss of steady income and future as well. Do I have a case?

Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Nov 8, 2020

If the reason is race-based or other class-based discrimination, you should follow up

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Banking and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Selective Enforcement of policy's. Over 40 in Florida

Is selective enforcement of policys an issue. My employer is holding me accountable for things that they are not consistently holding others accountable too. I am over the age of 40 in Florida.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 2, 2020

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your race, gender national origin or because have a disability, or feel you have been retaliated against for speaking out or asserting your legal rights in the workplace, you should contact the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)... Read more »

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Q: is there a way to find a discrimination lawsuit against an insurance company for discrimination?
Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Oct 23, 2020

This can be hard but not impossible to do. Beyond a simple search engine search, you have probably already tried, there a few ideas. First, look (online) in your local clerk of court or the clerk where the company is in locally. Next look in the local and federal courts where the company is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Pls give me advice. I was fired bci told on a amanger about breakin company policies in retaliation.amonth later

Sexually harrassed as she went amd told employees that she managed that she saw me at a clinic and i got abortion.along with her always touching me inappropriate

Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Oct 4, 2020

Please phone my office Monday afternoon at 941-444-1548. Thank you.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Safety sensitive position and needed prescription drugs.

I currently operate heavy machinery for my job. What options would I have if my employer found out I was on a prescribed med with a waring that you should not operate heavy machinery when taking, yet my dr has provided documentation I can preform all my essential job functions and not put myself or... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 7, 2020

If I was your employer, I would not believe the documentation from your doctor. Your options would be to either get a new job or not get one.

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Q: I was injured off duty. My specialist doctor had given me a note allowing me to return to work.

BUT now my employer is sending me to “their doctor” for an exam to do a “fitness-for-duty determination.” I think this is just a ploy to fire me or force me to not to return to work. Any ideas?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 24, 2020

You may be right that your employer is trying to fire you--but that is irrelevant. Your employer has the legal right to find out whether you are "fit for your job" after your non work-related injury.

Why? Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means private employers are...
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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Is my employer retaliating against me or doing anything else that is unlawful?

N/A

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 14, 2020

Your post seems to come from Florida, we have different laws in CA, but you are covered under the ADA, everywhere. It is very difficult to respond to your inquiry because you do not say whether you can perform all the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation, and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I’m being discriminated against on my job because of the way I look I can prove it because it happens to me every time I

Every time I go to work but I wanted to know can I legally provide evidence by voice recording or by video of my work activities

Alberto Naranjo
Alberto Naranjo answered on Aug 12, 2020

You should be very careful about recording people in private areas without their knowledge in Florida it could be a crime and you need to know what private vs public means, etc. At this point, I would speak to an attorney but you may or may not have a case depending on what type of discrimination.... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Election Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Are you required to pay your employer back for something when you never signed a contract saying you would?

My employer paid for the license for the position he hired me for. I am now moving to another office due to moving and he is making me pay him back but I never signed any contract stating I had to pay him back for said license.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 5, 2020

Rather than be concerned about whether you should have to repay your employer you should be more concerned about being terminated if you refuse. Florida employers can terminate employees at any time for any reason.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: I felt pressured into having a brief affair with a superior at work who is like family to the owner can I get severance?

She is a family friend of the owner. I sent an email to HR and asked if this was a fireable offense. I don't want to return to work unless she resigns. She has family that works there and they said I could try to get her to resign but that wouldn't work be cause the owner loves her like... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 28, 2020

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your race, gender national origin or because have a disability, or feel you have been retaliated against for speaking out or asserting your legal rights in the workplace, you should contact the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I have spent 4 years trying to get HR to help me. They didn't trust or believe me. It took 9 people quit
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 11, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. If this involved an injury (you included Personal Injury in your categories), it isn't clear from the brief description what type of injury it was. If there was an injury that arose in the course of employment, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Florida on
Q: I'm working at home. My employer is requesting me to send daily reports of temps. Can they do that even with me at home?

A large part of my job moved everyone to work from home back in March. We are all working remotely and no one plans on returning. ( Our employer agreed and likes us working from home.) They have requested that everyone has to send them daily temps for those working at home and in the office. For... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 30, 2020

It doesn't seem to make much sense, but you had better do it. You give up any right to privacy when you agree to work from home. If you don't like it you can always quit.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Fired for small mistakes, never put on a performance plan. I was the only women on the team. What should I do ?

I was working at a new job and was suddenly fired after being told I was performing great 3 days prior. The owner found some typos in my work and that was the reason given for my firing. I was a W2 salary employee with benefits. I was the only women on the team and one of the only ones, as they... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron answered on Jun 14, 2020

You did not indicate whether you believe you were discriminated against on the basis of sex, though perhaps you are wondering if you were. If so, the circumstances of your work history and termination must be examined in detail to determine if you have a viable potential discrimination claim. If... Read more »

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Q: I'm a civilian federal employee for the USAF, how can the FAA pay its employees more in the same career field as me?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 8, 2020

Probably because the USAF and the FAA are legally not the same employer; neither is any other federal agency the same as the FAA or the USAF. FYI: Every federal agency employer is different from all others; and the military civilian corps is completely different than that of any federal agency.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: can a former DOD federal employee who filed a harassment/discriminate continue with a case after a disability retire?

an EEO officer called me and said i should fill out a withdraw complaint. since i am already medically retired out. But i feel that my former supervisor like to keep me in the hot parking lot instead of the office or warehouse where my prescribe medicine could work on me. eventually i just... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 5, 2020

Regardless of whether you filed your employment discrimination complaint with the EEOC or the DOD EEO the relief you can receive is almost exactly the same: Reinstatement to the position and back pay. So since you have already filed for and received disability and are "medically retired... Read more »

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