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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Lawsuit

A sexual harassment settlement for over $500,000 was reached this week by the EEOC involving a lawsuit against an acute care facility.   The sexual harassment lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 concerning reports that a male emergency room staff member sexually harassed female employees at the hospital by having graphic discussions of sexual activities, having touched them inappropriately, propositioned them for sex, and engaged in other inappropriate behavior. According to the EEOC several female victims were retaliated against and others quit to avoid being in this hostile environment after complaining of sexual harassment to management.  Hospital management ignored the complaints and did not […]

Two Florida Restaurants ordered to pay 30 Employees over $900,000 for minimum wage, overtime pay and record keeping violations

Two Florida restaurants and their owners have been ordered to pay 30 employees $934,425.   The agreements resolved a lawsuit that alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime pay and record-keeping provisions. The investigation found that the kitchen employees were improperly classified as exempt from overtime pay and therefore did not get paid for overtime hours they worked (hours over 40 in one week).  Employees were paid tips and received a paycheck that together equaled minimum wage but management required the workers to sign back over the paychecks to the restaurant.  Ultimately the workers only got paid the tips and not minimum wage.  Lastly the lawsuit […]