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Lesbian employee says nursing home tolerated anti-gay discrimination

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After being assaulted and harassed for being a lesbian, a senior living facility employee is suing the facility for discrimination. Michelle Del Valle was working at Inspired Living Validus Senior Living in Tampa when she was assaulted by the spouse of a resident. Now she is suing her employer on seven counts including negligence, retaliation, breaking the Florida Civil Rights Act, and discrimination. Del Valle began working for the facility June 1, 2015 as a medical technician. She was responsible…

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Dunedin public works employee accuses city of favoring younger women in agency

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Dunedin is coming under fire after an ex-employee says she faced discrimination when applying for a field position because she is an older woman. On Dec. 6, Palm Harbor resident Lisa Massarelli, 53, filed a suit against the City of Dunedin for violating the Florida Civil Rights Act. Massarelli worked for the city from 1993 to 2010 before budget cuts forced her to be laid off. For over 12 years, Massarelli worked as a Field Service Representative for the Public…

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Shoot Straight under the gun by woman allegedly denied promotion due to gender

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Shoot Straight, a chain of gun stores and ranges with a location in Clearwater, is under fire after an employee had claimed the company refused to promote her to management because she is a woman. Crystal Mims is accusing Shoot Straight of violating the Florida Civil Rights Act based on sex discrimination and retaliation. For nearly three years, Mims worked at Shoot Straight Clearwater. Throughout that time, she expressed a desire to grow with the company, asking to be considered…

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Florida Capitol Police hit with age, sex discrimination lawsuits

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Two applicants to the Capitol Police have sued the agency, claiming they were victims of age and sex discrimination when they were turned down for jobs as officers. Woodrow Kerce and Carissa Beck filed their complaint in Leon County Circuit Civil court last week, according to court dockets. The Capitol Police patrol and protect the Capitol Complex, including the satellite state office center in southeast Tallahassee. They sued under the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 and the federal Age Discrimination in…

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Florida Competitive Workforce video talks successes, plans for 2016

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The Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition is coming off a very good month. “Drumbeat Report,” a video compilation hosted by campaign manager Patrick Slevin, discussed the organizations recent successes, including such support from Fortune 500 companies and major Florida employers. The three-minute video reveals the group as “off and running” with what organizers describe as “pretty solid backing.” In recent weeks, telecommunications giant AT&T joined the grassroots movement, which seeks to modernize the Florida Civil Rights Act of…

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