Blog – South Florida Trial Practice

To successfully navigate South Florida’s court system, it’s key to have a trusted team of experienced trial litigators to help you tackle complex legal issues throughout the region. Dori is a regular contributor to the South Florida Trial Blog, she posts on topics related to employment discrimination and harassment, including new court decisions and legislation, compliance, best practices, interesting trends in workplace relations and employment-related issues affecting Florida employers.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Texas Dives Into the Toilet Controversy Back in 2015 Houston, Texas attempted to and failed to pass an expanded human equal rights ordinance (“HERO”) which would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, the State of Texas has thought it prudent to follow the lead of North Carolina and pass a state wide law restricting bathroom access. Texas Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools,... More
  • Third Times the Charm – City of Jacksonville Passes Human Rights Ordinance That Protects Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity After previous efforts that failed in 2012 and 2016, the City of Jacksonville, Florida has now passed an expanded human rights ordinance (“HRO”) that provides employment and housing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This time around the City Council addressed several issues that created hurdles during the prior efforts to expand the HRO. First, sexual orientation and gender identity are defined in the HRO; Second, gender identity must be demonstrated in a “consistent and uniform” manner and be sincerely held,... More
  • Did You Get Your Super Bowl Squares? Well, its a few days until kickoff at Superbowl LI.  If your office is like many, someone is collecting money for Super Bowl squares.  Most employees and employers view a friendly office pool as all in good fun and most of the time it is. 68091334 – game day football party table. But, don’t forget, under Florida law workplace gambling is technically illegal and could form the basis for a Florida whistleblower action. ————————-  Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm... More
  • Happy New Year! – Florida’s Minimum Wage to Rise in 2017 Happy New Year!  Also, its time for Florida employers to pay attention to the new 2017 Florida minimum wage.  As of January 1, 2017, Florida’s minimum wage will rise from the current rate of $8.05 per hour to $8.10 per hour. Under Florida Statute § 448.110 4(a) and (b), the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity must calculate Florida’s minimum wage based upon the increase, if any, in the Federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the southern... More
  • HB2 – Trying to Flush It Down the Drain By many accounts, North Carolina has lost in excess of $400 million in business revenue (and a whole lot of basketball games) due to HB2.  HB2, for those who don’t know, is the controversial law that limited who could use which bathrooms and was the subject of fierce protests by many in the LGBTQ communities.  HB2 also limited state level discrimination claims (later rescinded by the legislature) and restricted the ability of local municipalities to raise the minimum wage. Now, Charlotte City... More
  • On-Call Scheduling – On the Way Out? News today that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached agreements with several large retail companies to limit on-call scheduling of employees.  On-call scheduling has been a way for large companies with fluctuating staffing needs to schedule employees depending on weather, holidays, shopper volume, etc.  However, many employee rights’ organizations have lobbied against what they see as an unfair practice since on-call scheduling may make cause employees difficulties in scheduling transportation, child care, school/classes, or other employment. While Florida does not have... More
  • North Carolina Revisits and Revises HB2 Three months ago, I posted about North Carolina’s HB2 (the transgender bathroom bill that is still garnering headlines) and that many had overlooked a big change to North Carolina’s discrimination law separate and apart from bathrooms.  As I pointed out in my prior post, lost in the protests over the bathroom issues was the fact that all North Carolina citizens had lost the private right of action to file a state level discrimination claim for race, religion, color, age, biological... More
  • It Was Only a Matter of Time – DEA Revisiting Federal Status of Marijuana 23 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam permit some form of medical marijuana use.  And, there are various medical marijuana ballot provisions, including currently in Florida, which likely will lead to more states permitting medical marijuana after this November’s election. Despite the overwhelming change of law at the state level, federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug.  Schedule I drugs are defined as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”  So, its... More
  • North Carolina Turns Back the Clock on Discrimination Claims There has been a ton of news coverage regarding North Carolina’s new bathroom access law included within HB-2.   I’ve written several posts on bathroom access and employment litigation regarding bathroom access.  See my posts here (OSHA guidance on bathroom access), here (EEOC settlement of litigation which included bathroom access claims), here (11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned summary judgment in favor of employer in discrimination claim that involved restroom access), here (addressing Houston’s bathroom access ordinance) and here (litigation involving Hobby Lobby that included... More
  • Busted Bracket – March Madness Gambling Could Lead to Florida Whistle-blower Lawsuits March madness, sweet sixteen games start tonight.  Here is a post from a couple of years ago with some good reminders regarding risks of betting pools in the workplace.  Also, go Terps! ______________ Dori K. Stibolt is a partner with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP.  Dori defends and counsels management in labor and employment litigation matters pertaining to wage and overtime claims, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, leave/restraint, and whistle-blower claims.  You can contact Dori at 561-804-4417 or [email protected] ... More