As of January 12, 2021, Palm Beach County’s equal employment ordinance has been amended to cover smaller businesses.    Companies in Palm Beach County with between 5 and 14 employees (Federal and State civil rights acts normally cover companies with 15 or more employees) will now have to comply with the County’s equal employment ordinance.


As I previously posted, medical marijuana has made Florida’s 2016 ballot and is likely to pass muster this time around (in 2014 medical marijuana received 58% of the Florida vote, falling just short of the 60% necessary to pass).

So, assuming that Florida employers will soon be faced with questions from medical marijuana using

Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled that Florida’s Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”), which includes gender bias, includes pregnancy discrimination.


What the FCRA Provides

The FCRA provides that it is unlawful for an employer to “discriminate . . . because . . . of . . . sex.”  Fla. Stat. § 760.10.

Florida Supreme Court Decision

Private Retail Theft Databases

Employers can and do run background checks, including criminal and credit checks, on certain potential employees. But, there is another data source that many retail employers are utilizing that could cause trouble.

Many large retailers are providing data to and utilizing private databases that include information regarding employees who are suspected