Employment discrimination is illegal in Florida as it is anywhere in the United States. Still, a great many employees experience discrimination at the workplace and are unsure about how to fight it, fearing that if they speak up or file a complaint there will be retaliation in some form, even wrongful termination. If you are experiencing employment discrimination anywhere in Florida, My.Attorney employment lawyers can and will fight for your rights to a peaceful and protected workplace. Better still, they will make sure that any retaliation on the part of your employer will be met with the full force of state and federal law.
We have the skills and clout to fight for your rights. If you are being discriminated against because you are a member of a protected class, we can win you substantial damages for your lost income, poor working conditions, demotion, and/or wrongful termination. Remember — the law is on your side and so are we.
What are the protected classes in Florida?
According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, federal law prohibits discrimination against employees on protected categories of employees. The law applies to any federal, state, and local government employers as well as to private business owners with 15 or more employees.
In all 50 states, this law forbids discrimination based on:
- Skin color
- National origin
- Sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions)
- Age (40 and older)
- Citizenship status
- Genetic information
Florida law adds to this list the further protected categories of:
- Marital status
- AIDS/HIV positive status
- Sickle cell trait apparent through genetic testing
Although no laws in Florida prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, many companies in the state have already altered their policies to preclude LGBTQ discrimination. Also, there are bills presently in the works, both in Florida and throughout the country, to make such discrimination illegal. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission does accept complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity, considering them under the umbrella of “sex discrimination.” Nonetheless, this remains an ambiguous legal issue.
Exceptions to the 15 or More Employees Rule
Even though only Florida employers with 15 or more employees are subject to the law concerning discrimination on the basis of protected classifications, there are exceptions. For example, age discrimination in Florida is only prohibited in companies with 20 or more employees; citizenship status discrimination applies to businesses with only four or more employees, and the requirement that men and women receive equal pay for equal work is the law of the land regardless of the size of the company.
Does the concept of “at-will” firing conflict with anti-discrimination laws?
As you are probably aware, Florida is an at-will employment statement, meaning that employers are entitled to discharge employees for any reason or for no reason at all. Nonetheless, at-will discharge prohibits illegal forms of termination based on protected categories. In other words, an employer may fire you because she/he does not like your tone of voice or your handwriting, but not because of your race or ethnicity.
Let My.Attorney Determine Whether You Have A Viable Discrimination Case
Leave all the hard work to our capable discrimination attorneys. We will investigate any written data relating to your claim (e.g. letters, emails, texts, photographs), interview any and all witnesses, and look over past records of previous claims of discrimination by other employees. If we find you have indeed been victimized, My. Attorney will fight vigorously to win you the damages you are entitled to for lost wages, bonuses or raises, and for humiliation, pain and suffering you have suffered throughout this ordeal. If you have been retaliated against as a whistleblower, we will see that you receive compensation in the form of reinstatement or monetary compensation for that as well.
What Our Resourceful Discrimination Lawyers Will Protect You From
As you can see from our excellent credentials and history of success, we are well-prepared to fight against:
- Employment discrimination based on your race, color religion, sex or national origin
- Sexual harassment that creates a hostile work environment in which you are surrounded by lewd comments, inappropriate touching or gestures, or other offensive conduct, or offered quid pro quo arrangements in which you are expected to give sexual favors in exchange for special treatment or advancement
- Age discrimination as defined in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). This act makes it illegal for your employer to treat you badly because you are over 40 years of age.
- Disability discrimination described under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Disability discrimination includes illegal hiring practicing, such as refusing to hire or even interview you for a position for which you are fully qualified because you have a disability or refusing to make reasonable accommodations (e.g. providing you with a higher or lower chair).
- Family leave discrimination is covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. My.Attorney, as a proud employment practice will fight any employer who fires, or threatens to fire or retaliate against you because you are pregnant, have a new baby, are adopting, or must take care of a sick relative.
- Wrongful termination occurs if your employer fires or discharges you because you are a member of a protected class or have reported company misconduct.
- Whistleblower claims occur when an employer retaliates because you have complained of, or reported, discrimination or other forms of illegal behavior.
- Wage and hour claims are regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act. If you are being short-changed in terms of not receiving the minimum wage anywhere in Florida, or find that you have been stiffed for overtime pay, our competent employment attorneys will make sure that you receive every last dime you are owed.
As you can imagine, these forms of discrimination are often interwoven. In some cases, for example, you may feel that your employer is paying you lower wages because of your race or ethnicity, or is not allowing you appropriate family leave because you have previously reported company misconduct.
Contact Our Florida Employment Discrimination Attorney
No matter what the complications of your discrimination claim, you can count on our practice to fight hard for your rights and bring you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation today by downloading our app, calling as at #4LAW or filling out our contact form.