Protecting Your Right to Fair Treatment in the Workplace in Florida & Texas
Under state and federal law, all employees have the right to work in an environment that does not discriminate against them based upon a protected class. This right has been granted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and The Florida Civil Human Rights Act. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces these laws through claims brought to them against employers by workers and job applicants. If you believe you have suffered any kind of employment discrimination as an employee or applicant, you may have legal recourse through the EEOC.
The Employment Lawyers only represents employees in workplace disputes, claims, and lawsuits. We bring deep knowledge, negotiation skills, and trial experience to all cases. At our firm, you will work directly with an attorney, receiving personalized interaction and one-on-one communication about your case. We take even the most challenging and difficult issues and situations. That is because our team is willing to do the necessary work to develop a comprehensive legal strategy to aggressively fight for your rights.
Types of Workplace Discrimination in Florida
Under federal law, discrimination based on the following characteristics is unlawful in the workplace:
- National origin
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Age (40 and older)
- Genetic information
Under Florida law, you are also protected from discrimination based on your marital status, AIDS/HIV status, and sickle cell trait. Furthermore, all employees have the right to equal pay for doing equal work regardless of sex.
Basically, discrimination involves treating someone in a less favorable manner based on any of the above characteristics. This can be negative treatment in any aspect of employment, including hiring, training, promotion, pay, discipline, suspension, or any other condition or privilege of employment. Under these laws, you are protected from harassment by supervisors, co-workers, or others in the work environment. You are also protected from having to disclose any of your genetic or medical information or from being denied a reasonable accommodation at work based on a disability or your religion.
Examples of discrimination include racial slurs directed at one group of employees, promotions based on sex or race, denying a female employee paid sick leave for childbirth recovery, or disciplining or terminating a female employee for talking about her pay with a co-worker.
The EEOC is responsible for ensuring that the anti-discrimination laws are followed. In Florida and Texas you may also file a complaint with the respective Commission on Human Relations. Our firm can advise you on this matter and help you take appropriate action to resolve your case. Successful discrimination cases may result in injunctive relief (ordering the employer to cease its discrimination), payment of unpaid wages/benefits, job reinstatement or advancement, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and legal fees.
Your employer is prohibited from retaliating against you in the matter of discrimination. This means your employer cannot punish you for making job discrimination complaints or testifying in a discrimination matter, such as in an investigation or civil lawsuit.
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