Month: October 2019

Hostile Work Environment Claim: What Steps to Take

October 31, 2019
Before you make a  hostile work environment claim, specific legal criteria must be met for a workplace to be considered hostile. To make a successful hostile work environment claim, you must show that you constantly felt uncomfortable at your place of work. A lousy boss, a rude co-worker, or an unpleasant workplace does not constitute a hostile work environment, nor do...

Polk Deputy Sues Judd, PCSO in Federal Court

October 25, 2019
Christin Pennell, a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy, has filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Grady Judd and the agency in federal court for numerous alleged violations of federal and state work protections. LAKELAND — A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy is suing her boss, Sheriff Grady Judd, for numerous alleged violations of federal and state work protections. ...

Florida Whistleblower Protection Act: What You Should Know

October 23, 2019
If an employer does something illegal or unsafe, including discrimination or neglecting to follow safety guidelines, an employee should report it. However, sometimes, employers retaliate against employees who make these types of claims. They may even fire the employee who filed the complaint. The Florida Whistleblower Act protects employees. If you think you may be a vict...

Wife of deputy seriously injured in hit-and-run crash sues Polk County Sheriff’s Office

FGBO Law's employment attorney, Greg Owens files an FMLA violation lawsuit for Polk County Sheriff Deputy Christin Pennell. She accuses PCSO of routinely violating the Family and Medical Leave Act and Florida Worker's Compensation statute. Christin Pennell claims it got so bad she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission o...

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