On January 10, 2018, James M. Thompson was a panelist for a Bay News 9 and Spectrum News one-hour live town hall event that focused on the recent movement regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. Veronica Cintron, Bay News Anchor, was joined on stage with panelists Jim Thompson, Employment lawyer, Evangeline Hawthorne, Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Tampa office), Jennifer Green, President of Liberty Partners, and Sierra Bender, a Women’s Empowerment Advocate. The panel engaged in an in-depth look at the #metoo movement. Please click on the link
James Moten Thompson and Kathryn Hopkinson successfully defended their client in a case where Plaintiff (represented by Cynthia Sass and Yvette Everhart) claimed that Defendants failed to pay her overtime compensation to which she claimed she was entitled under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Defendant disputed that Plaintiff worked more than forty hours in a work week and testified that Plaintiff never reported working overtime. The Court found that Plaintiff failed to prove that she worked over 40 hours in any given week. After a 5-day non-jury trial, the
FOX 13 interview with James Thompson regarding Department of Labor’s Investigation into Disney’s Back Pay Violations
James Moten Thompson was interviewed by Tampa Bay FOX 13 about Disney agreeing to pay $3.8 million in back wages to park workers to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor found that Disney would deduct a uniform expense which caused some employees’ hourly rates to fall below minimum wage. The investigation also revealed that Disney employees were not compensated for work performed before or after shifts. The Department of Labor stated that, “employers cannot make deductions that take workers
Tampa Sex Discrimination attorneys James M. Thompson and Kathryn Hopkinson win trial against Hillsborough County. A Tampa jury found that Hillsborough County discriminated against a male library assistant because of his sex when it fired him. After a three-day trial, which demonstrated that the Upper Tampa Bay Library treated its male employees differently than its female employees, the jury determined that a male library assistant was disciplined for matters not subject to discipline when done by his female co-workers, that he had his evaluation altered unfavorably and that he
Thompson Legal Center, LLC, Tampa’s go-to Sexual Harassment lawyers, want you to have the knowledge you need to fully protect yourself in the workplace. Harassment itself may include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment is an often-ignored type of discrimination that has recently gained national media coverage. Sexual Harassment is a form of sex discrimination that usually involves harassment or remarks of a sexual nature but can also include offensive remarks about a person’s
Race discrimination is the act of treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because the individual is of a certain race or because of personal characteristics associated with race. Color discrimination is the act of treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of skin color complexion. Discrimination can occur when the victim and the person who inflicted the discrimination are the same race or color.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race and color among other things. It is unlawful
A Tampa Florida federal court allowed a disabilities discrimination Plaintiff to pursue her claim against her employer. In Doers v. Lincare (Case no. 8:14-CV-3168 M.D. Fla.) an employee informed her supervisor that she had anxiety and that she needed a companion dog when traveling. Soon after the Plaintiff informed her supervisor of her disability, the supervisor began writing up the employee, put the employee on a performance plan and fired the employee. Before learning of the employee’s disabilities, the supervisor had given the employee a positive evaluation. The court found
Tampa Bay disability discrimination attorneys see many cases of workplace discrimination that are not only wrong, but also illegal. In these cases, it is important for victims to know their rights.
It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on an employee’s disability, however, not every medical condition is a disability. To have a legally protected disability a person must be qualified for the job, and be disabled in one of three ways:
The person has a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity (walking/talking/seeing/hearing/learning);
The person has a history
Thompson Legal Center Attorneys James Thompson and Kathryn Hopkinson along with EEOC Attorneys Kimberly Cruz, Anna Martinez and Muslima Lewis Win Rare Plaintiff’s Summary Judgment in ADA Case
Court finds that ATM, a Florida manufacturer, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired an employee because he had a back surgery six years prior. The manufacturer required Mr. Matanic to pass a physical examination after it hired him and required him to go to a local medical facility for an examination. The medical facility, upon learning that Mr. Matanic had a prior surgery, required a medical release from the doctor who performed the surgery six years prior. Mr. Matanic could not produce the release, the medical facility would not
County Maintenance Worker Fired After Complaining of Sexual Harassment Receives $260,000 Jury Verdict.
Attorney James M. Thompson represented a female Hillsborough County, Florida maintenance worker who was subjected to sexual harassment by her supervisor. After she complained to the County, she had her evaluation altered, she was placed on probation and she was fired. Even after the first complaints, the harassing supervisor put a banana to his crotch and told the worker; “I’m going to f-ck you.” After she complained again, the worker was fired by the County. After a five day Federal jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of $260,000 representing $85,000