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Overtime Action Not Mooted By Tender, Florida Federal Judge Rules

ORLANDO, Fla. - A company's tender of payment to a former employee on his unpaid overtime claim does not constitute a settlement of the claim because it is not a "full payment" and the worker did not accept the offer, a Florida federal judge ...read more

Federal Judge Compels Arbitration Of Attendant's Wage-Related Class Claims

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on May 31 granted a cruise line's motion to compel arbitration of putative class action claims asserted by employees who allege that they were not paid wages, finding that the jurisdictional requirements for compelling ...read more

Theft, Not Pregnancy, Prompted Firing, Florida Federal Judge Finds

TAMPA, Fla. - Although a former 7-Eleven Inc. employee established a prima facie case of pregnancy discrimination by her employer, the company provided a legitimate, nondiscriminatory reason for firing her, a Florida federal judge held June 7 in granting ...read more

Florida Company Settles Class Suit Over Mass Layoffs For $500,000

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on June 11 granted final approval of a $500,000 settlement for former full-time employees of a Florida company who were laid off without the necessary 60 days' written notice (Renae Mowat, et al. v. ...read more

Florida Federal Judge: Sexual Orientation Not Covered By Title VII

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A fast-food restaurant employee's claims that her gay supervisor discriminated against her because she is heterosexual fail because sexual orientation is not a protected category under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ...read more

11th Circuit: Plan Participant Failed To Exhaust Administrative Remedies

ATLANTA - A federal district court properly exercised its discretion in not excusing a health benefits plan participant's failure to exhaust her administrative remedies before filing an action under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act challenging ...read more

11th Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Race Bias, Failure-To-Hire Claims

ATLANTA - A former Florida school district employee's racial bias claims were untimely, and her failure-to-hire claims were unsupported, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 1, upholding a trial court ruling (Sheryl R. Bourne v. School ...read more

Medical Providers Appeal Federal Judge's Dismissal Of Denial Of Benefits Claims

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Medical providers on Feb. 8 filed a notice of appeal of a Florida federal judge's order dismissing 996 purported derivative claims asserted on behalf of 500 patients related to providers' claims that health insurers violated ...read more