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What are some examples of prohibited employment practices?

If you are a business owner, you may have a number of concerns and employment-related issues that require attention from time to time. Whether you own a small business or large company, it is important to ensure that these matters are handled properly. For some employers in Miami and throughout Florida, employment litigation can be very costly and may create serious problems for the company. As a result, employers should understand and do their best to comply with employment regulations and handle allegations of employment law violations properly.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published an overview of prohibited employment practices on their website that is very helpful for any employer who wants to avoid business litigation. According to the EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against employees based on their religious beliefs, gender, ethnic origin, pregnancy status, disability or age. Furthermore, these types of discrimination are unlawful in all aspects of employment, including the hiring process. For example, an employer cannot post help wanted advertisements that show any preference for applicants who belong to a particular racial or religious background.

Additionally, employers cannot decide whether or not to hire someone because they are of a certain race, pregnant, over a particular age, etc. It is also against the law for employers to promote, lay off, underpay or deny benefits because of an employee's gender or race. Business owners also need to make sure workers do not experience sexual harassment or other types of illegal harassment in the workplace.

Please remember that this information does not constitute legal advice.

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