The contemporary workplace is governed by a host of state and federal employment laws that speak to the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. When disputes arise, however, whether, over claims of employment discrimination, workplace harassment, or any other work-related controversy, it is crucial to have proper legal representation by hiring an experienced and knowledgeable employment law attorney.
My.Attorney is a premier employment law firm serving clients in the state of Florida. Our practice is dedicated to helping workers in multiple industries enforce their legal rights. When your job, career, or professional reputation are on the line, we will provide you with trustworthy advice, objective insights, and explore all of your options for obtaining just compensation.
Well-versed in the applicable employment and labor laws, our legal team routinely handles employment-related issues through arbitration, mediation, or litigation. We represent employees in claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations, as well as in state and federal court. For a free evaluation of your case, download the My.Attorney app today.
Common Employment Law Cases
A number of federal laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on race, color, national origin, sex, age (40 and over), disability and pregnancy, including:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
In addition, employees are also protected by the Florida Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability, marital status, and other protected characteristics. Moreover, state and federal equal pay laws prohibit pay discrimination based on sex for jobs that require equal skill, effort and/or responsibility that are performed under similar circumstances. There are permissible pay differentials, however, such as those made under a merit or seniority system, or any reasonable factor other than sex.
In short, employers are barred from discriminating against employees because of a protected characteristic with regard to any employment decision — hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, compensating or any other terms and conditions of employment. If you believe you have been the victim of employment discrimination, the legal team at My.Attorney will stand by you and fight for your rights.
All employees in Florida have a right to a work environment free from sexual harassment, which is considered to be an unlawful form of sex discrimination. Generally, there are two forms of sexual harassment — quid pro quo (or this for that) and hostile work environment.
- Quid Pro Quo — Occurs when an employer, particularly an individual in a position of authority over the victim, demands sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit (e.g. job offer, promotion, raise). Quid pro quo harassment can also occur when an employer takes an adverse employment action (e.g. termination, demotion, reassignment, pay cut), or retaliates in any way against an employee who refuses a sexual advance.
- Hostile Work Environment — Occurs when an employee is subjected to a pattern of unwanted sexual behavior by anyone (a supervisor, coworker, vendor, client or customer), such as lewd comments or visual displays, that is severe or pervasive enough to make it impossible for the victim to perform his or her job.
While sexual harassment in the workplace has garnered a great deal of media attention, nonsexual harassment is also prohibited. This form of harassment involves offensive comments, jokes and/or conduct designed to intimidate an employee based on any legally protected characteristic (e.g. race, national origin, disability, religion) that is severe and pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment.
Whether you have been the victim of sexual harassment or non-sexual harassment on the job, it takes the skilled employment law attorneys at My.Attorney to fight for your rights.
Florida is known as an “at-will” state for purposes of employment. This means that either an employer or an employee can terminate a work relationship at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. On the other hand, an employer cannot terminate an employee for a discriminatory reason. In short, employers are prohibited from terminating employees based on a protected characteristic. It is also unlawful to terminate an employee who complains about illegal, fraudulent or unethical conduct (whistleblowing).
Employers are required to pay their workers according to state and federal mandatory wage and hour laws. Currently, the minimum wage in Florida is $8.46 per hour, and that rate is slated to be increased by the state legislature. Additionally, workers designated as nonexempt employees are entitled to be paid an overtime rate of time and a half the regular pay rate for more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
Wage theft occurs when an employer fails to pay the minimum wage, fails to pay overtime, or miscalculates the employee’s rate of pay. In a successful wage and hour claim, which is often pursued as class or collective action, you may be awarded lost wages plus liquidated damages. Such damages, which double the amount of your actual losses, are designed to punish employers who knowingly engage in wage theft. Finally, you may also be awarded attorneys’ fees and reasonable legal costs, which means you will not have to pay any attorneys fees to us in advance.
Contact Our Florida Employment Law Attorney
At My.Attorney, we routinely help clients resolve all types of employment-related disputes, from discrimination to harassment, to wage and hour claims, to wrongful termination. We know that employers can rely on teams of attorneys and human resources professionals, which gives them an unfair advantage over employees when disputes arise.
Our legal team has the skill and experience to level the playing field and the know-how to fight back. While employment law issues can often be resolved through arbitration or mediation, we are capable of litigating any matter to a successful conclusion. When you consult us, you will have confidence knowing that our dedicated worker advocates will fight tirelessly for your rights and your future. Download our app today to set up a free consultation or contact us.