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A Pinellas County woman is suing a Clearwater company, alleging age and disability discrimination. Whittel & Melton is pursuing the case on behalf of the woman.

The woman filed a complaint Nov. 16 in  Pinellas County Circuit Court against Professional Media Group LLC, alleging that the employer violated the Florida Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, on July 10, 2016, the woman was injured and admitted to a hospital for surgery. The suit says although the woman received permanent metal screws in her leg she informed her supervisor that she would be ready to return to work.

The woman was illegally terminated from employment July 21, 2016, because of her disability/handicap and age – she is 64. As a result, the woman has suffered damages for lost wages, benefits and emotional distress.

The business unlawfully discriminated against her and illegally terminated her employment for having a disability.

Discrimination can take on many forms. When you are discriminated against at work because of your age or disability, you need to work with a Pinellas County Discrimination Lawyer at Whittel & Melton who can protect your rights.

Age discrimination revolves around the concept that an older person may not be able to do something as well as a younger person. If you are over the age of 40 and are being treated differently than your co-workers, you may be able to file a discrimination claim. The older you are, the stronger an age discrimination argument becomes.

Some disabilities are obvious, but some are not immediately apparent. Regardless of the type of disability, it is important to speak with your HR department to ensure you have a strong case. Most companies require individuals with disabilities to go through HR before anything else. When you contact Whittel & Melton, we can help you work through your options with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)  to make sure your rights as an employee are protected.

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A former employee is suing an Orlando restaurant supply and equipment company, alleging religious discrimination.

The man filed a complaint Dec. 1 in Orange County Circuit Court against the company, alleging he was fired without warning.

According to the complaint, in July 2015, the man, a devout Muslim who had worked for the company since 1996, suffered economic losses after his employment was suddenly terminated. The suit says this includes loss of wages, increased pay, retirement benefits and other benefits.

The man says the company denied his request to observe the traditional Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr as a paid vacation and then terminated his employment.

The man alleges the company denied his right to observe a traditional religious holiday and terminated him as retaliation and without valid reason.

If you have been denied employment, fired, harassed or otherwise harmed in your employment because of your religion, your religious beliefs and practices, or simply because your employer failed to comply with your reasonable request for a convenient accommodation of your religious beliefs and practices, you very well could be the victim of religious discrimination. Sadly, this is a quite common occurrence throughout workplaces across the country.

The law is very clear in stating that employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their religion. This means that employers may not treat employees or job applicants differently because of their religious beliefs and practices or lack thereof. Moreover, employers must reasonably accommodate the needs of employees in the workplace to practice their faiths.

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A former employee is suing WaWa, alleging disability discrimination, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

The man filed a complaint Nov. 29 in Pinellas Circuit Court against WaWa Inc., alleging the company fired him for wearing a back brace.

According to the complaint, the man has a history of chronic back problems that require him to wear a back brace. The man says he worked for a WaWa in Clearwater until his dismissal in 2016, allegedly for unexplained absences.

The suit says the man has suffered and will continue to suffer from mental anguish and emotional distress, loss of earnings and other employment benefits and job opportunities, as a result of WaWa’s willful and intentional discrimination and wrongful termination.

The man alleges WaWa failed its duty to eliminate discrimination from the workplace, failed to adequately supervise, control, discipline and/or otherwise penalize discriminatory practices, and discharged the man in retaliation for his filing and attempting to file a valid worker’s compensation claim.

The man seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages between $15,000 and $75,000, interest, court costs and other relief.

If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination because of a physical or mental disability, our Florida Discrimination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton may be able to help. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the ADA) added disabled persons to the class of people protected against employment discrimination. The ADA defines employment to include recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, and social activities.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the supermarket chain for religious discrimination after a new hire claimed Publix asked him to cut his dreadlocks in order to work there, according to reports.

The man, who practices Rastafarianism, applied to work in a Publix in Nashville, but “reportedly had to quit before he started” because his religion doesn’t allow him to cut his hair.

The man apparently asked his manager if he could not cut his hair because of his religion and asked if he could wear his hair in a hat, according to the EEOC. “Management refused to allow the hat or any other reasonable accommodation, and he was forced to quit before his first day of work.”

Publix is known for having grooming requirements for men such as neat haircuts and no beards, according to reports.  

Publix said it does not comment on pending litigation, but did offer a response.

“At Publix, we value and appreciate the diversity of all of our associates,” the statement from Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said. “We work to provide environments where known religious beliefs and practices of our associates and applicants are reasonably accommodated. As I’m sure you can understand, it would be inappropriate for us to comment specifically on this case, as it is pending litigation. However, please know that we are dedicated to the employment security of our associates and that we regularly provide accommodations to associates due to their religious beliefs, as required by law.”

Rastafarianism, an Abrahamic religion, requires adherents to not cut hair based on a line in the Old Testament’s Book of Numbers, which says with certain religious volunteers “not a razor shall come upon his head.”

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A former employee is suing a south Florida company for alleged age discrimination, disability discrimination and retaliation.

The woman filed a complaint on Aug. 2 in the Broward County Circuit Court, alleging that the company breached their duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the woman alleges that she suffered damages on Feb. 1, 2015 as a result of the company allegedly terminating her employment based upon her age, disability and in retaliation for her complaints of discrimination. The woman claims that she suffered mental anguish, loss of dignity and loss of future earnings.

The woman holds the company responsible for allegedly acting with malice and reckless disregard for her protected rights, and for allegedly interfering with her contractual right to enjoy the same benefits and privileges as other employees.

Discrimination can take on many different forms. Sadly, when an employer or another employee discriminates against someone because of age or disability, it is not always easy to prove that is the cause of the discrimination. If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination and you have a disability or are over 40 years old, it is important to work with our South Florida Discrimination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton who can protect your rights.

Age discrimination specifically focuses on the concept that an older person cannot perform a job as well as a younger person. If you are 40 or older and are being treated differently than your coworkers, you could have grounds for a discrimination lawsuit. The older you are, the better the argument for age discrimination becomes.

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A former employee is suing BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Services Inc. for alleged breach of contract, gender discrimination, hostile work environment and retaliation.

The woman filed a complaint on July 21 in the Orange Circuit Court against Bioplus Specialty Pharmacy Services Inc., alleging that the company breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the woman alleges that she suffered damages on April 18, 2016 due to the company’s alleged unlawful employment practices and discrimination because of her gender, including allegedly reducing in her compensation by half, which forced her to resign.

She holds the company responsible for allegedly creating intolerable working conditions for her, and for allegedly interfering with her contractual rights to enjoy the same benefits and privileges as other employees.

Gender discrimination in the workplace entails failing to hire someone or firing someone because of their sex or gender. It can also include failing to promote worthy candidates, paying less salary to a worker of one sex or one gender identification than another, creating a hostile work environment, and any other acts of unlawful discrimination. If you have experienced any of the above scenarios or have been treated unfairly at work, you may be the victim of discrimination.

Our Florida Discrimination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have proven experience protecting the rights of all workers in our state. We represent residents in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ocala, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and everywhere in between. We understand what acts constitute gender discrimination and what rights and remedies are allotted to employees. We work tirelessly to help workers recover financial damages for their suffering.

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A former employee is suing Fields Motorcars of Florida Inc. for alleged age discrimination and wrongful termination.

The man filed a complaint on June 27 in the Orange County Circuit Court, alleging that Fields Motorcars of Florida Inc. breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the man alleges that he suffered economic damages on Jan. 26, 2016 as a result of being terminated from his employment. He was allegedly fired due to a single complaint from a customer about his driving.

The man holds Fields Motorcars of Florida Inc. responsible for allegedly acting with malice and reckless disregard for his protected rights, and for allegedly terminated him in bad faith without reasonable grounds.

State and federal laws are set in place to prevent employers from discriminating against individuals or treating them unfairly in the workplace based on factors such as age, gender, race, national origin, and religion. Florida law is quite clear: mistreating workers is unfair and any type of discrimination is illegal. Employers who mistreat their workers can be subjected to various civil and sometimes even criminal punishments.

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A Pinellas County woman alleges that she suffered discrimination and harassment because of her gender while working for her former employer.

According to the woman’s complaint, she alleges she was employed as a buyer and produce manager from January 2014 until her forced resignation/constructive discharge on Jan. 7, 2016. She alleges that a co-worker attempt to grope her on Jan. 7, 2016, and that the co-worker was not reprimanded or investigated.

She is seeking reinstatement, unpaid wages, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs of this action.

While some people claim to be “huggers” or “touchy-feely,” please understand that no one has a right to hug or touch you if you are not OK with it. Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature is classified as sexual harassment under the law.

If you have been subjected to inappropriate touching in the workplace, our Pinellas County Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you take action to make it stop and hold the responsible party accountable. We will help you assert your right and seek financial damages for the personal trauma as well as financial impact the sexual harassment endured has placed on you.

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A jury has awarded $4.5 million to a former employee who sued an Iowa hospital for age bias and retaliation.

The jury’s July 24 decision came after a 10-day trial of Grinnell Regional Medical Center and two administrators. The lawsuit states that the hospital fired the man in June 2015 from his post as lab director while in remission from breast cancer and hired a younger replacement.

It is believed that the man was targeted because he’d declined an order to retire following his initial diagnosis in November 2013.

The hospital’s attorneys deny the firing and subsequent hiring of a new director had anything to do with the man’s age or cancer diagnosis. A hospital spokeswoman says the hospital intends to appeal.

Discrimination in the workplace is not only unfair, but also illegal. There are several different federal laws that offer protection from discrimination based on disability, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Age discrimination has its own unique set of laws called the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Job applicants and employees who are over the age of 40 are usually covered by the ADEA.

Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person over 40 because of their age when it comes to:  

  • hiring
  • firing
  • promotion
  • layoff
  • compensation
  • benefits
  • job assignments
  • training

Moreover, employees who speak out against age discrimination have legal protection from retaliation.

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A judge has ordered Google to hand over salary records to the government in an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Labor (DoL), which has accused Google of discriminating against women.

Google must provide the federal government with a 2014 snapshot of the data, along with contact information for thousands of employees for possible interviews, according to a ruling made public on Sunday.

Judge Steve Berlin also denied part of the government’s request for records and partially sided with Google, which had argued the department’s demands were overly broad and could violate employee privacy.

The limited records Google must release could help the DoL build a formal pay discrimination case against the company. The department argued that additional records would help explain the “extreme” gender pay gap it uncovered in an initial audit.

The DoL first publicly accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities” in April, testifying in a hearing that its preliminary investigation found that women across a wide range of positions at the Mountain View campus were paid less than men.

Google has vehemently denied that it discriminates against women, publicly claiming it has closed its gender pay gap globally. In a Sunday blog post, Google said it was “pleased” with the decision and would comply with the order, providing the “much more limited data set of information”.

discrimination and sexism in recent months, including Tesla, Palantir, Oracle and smaller startups across Silicon Valley.

Employment law covers many aspects of an employee’s relationship with an employer. Employment laws exist to protect employees from being discriminated against or harassed in the workplace. Our Florida Employment Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine if you have a legal claim against your employer and walk you through the proper steps to take.

Every employment law case is different and involves a unique set of facts. The laws are complicated, requiring a careful in-depth review to determine if you have a valid claim.

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