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What laws should business owners in Florida be aware of to avoid employee-initiated litigation?

Grand Island, FL—Owning a business with employees has its perks and challenges. While employees help reduce a business owner’s workload, there is a substantial amount of responsibility left on their shoulders when they have individuals performing tasks in their workplace.

Business owners aren’t only expected to provide employees with a safe place to work in that provides equal opportunities to everyone, the law requires that they do. And if a business owner with employees violates a labor law, they could face some serious repercussions. To help a business owner avoid employee-initiated litigation (i.e. lawsuits), business owners should become more familiarized with these laws1:

 

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for a business owner or someone hired to run a business to discriminate against a person based on their “race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.” If an employee is discriminated against by a business owner, manager, or supervisor, the company could be sued, which not only puts its profits at risk, but also its reputation.

 

  • The Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963

The EPA says that business owners are prohibited from engaging in “sex-based wage discrimination between men and women who perform equal work in the same workplace.”

 

  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

This law makes it illegal for a business owner to discriminate against an individual because of their disability even though they are qualified for the job.

 

  • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits business owners from discriminating against individuals if they are pregnant or dealing with a “medical condition that is related to pregnancy or childbirth.”

 

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

The ADEA provides protection to employees who are age 40 and older from being discriminated against in the workplace. For example, a business owner could not turn an applicant away or fire an employee using their age as their sole basis for doing so.

To ensure a business with employees is in compliance with all state and federal labor laws, business owners are encouraged to consult with a Grand Island, FL business law attorney. The business lawyers at Legal Counsel P.A. will take the time to thoroughly review how a business operates to ensure the owner is following all the rules in which they are required to comply with.

To connect with a business law attorney in Grand Island, FL, or a neighboring city, call Legal Counsel P.A at 407-395-2653.

 

Legal Counsel P.A. is located at:

 

189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800

Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-395-2653

Website: www.legalcounselpa.com

Email: [email protected]

 

Source:

  1. https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/employment-discrimination.aspx
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