Florida Employment Attorney
Working in Florida comes with a certain set of protections under the law. For example, your employer cannot force you to work over your allotted hours without overtime pay or withhold your paycheck for retaliation. However, not all employers engage in ethical, legal practices – and you can hold them accountable through legal action.
If you need an attorney to represent your Florida employment lawsuit, choose Rodal Law. Our firm has significant experience in civil litigation and employment law, holding multiple workplaces accountable for illegal and unethical actions.
- Rodal Firm values open and honest communication throughout every step of your case. You will remain up to date about any important developments and details you need to know.
- Unlike other law firms, our attorney will never pass your case off to a paralegal or assistant. You will work closely with an attorney from start to finish.
- We understand that legal fees can be expensive for many Florida residents. We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we do not charge legal fees unless we secure a settlement.
Florida Wage and Hour Laws
You cannot work for less than a minimum amount or work over a certain amount of hours in the state of Florida. According to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida state law, employers must pay employees at least $8.46 per hour of work, higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In addition, you cannot work more than 40 hours per week in Florida without receiving overtime pay.
In Florida, you must receive 1.5 times your hourly rate for every hour of overtime work. For example, if you make $10 per hour, your overtime pay is $15 per hour. However, not all employees can receive overtime. Salaried managers, for example, are exempt employees and cannot receive overtime pay. Additional exempt employees include executive and administrative employees, computer employees, and outside salespersons.
Time Off Work Benefits in Florida
Your paid time-off benefits will vary based on your employer, since neither state or federal law requires employers to give you any paid leave benefits. However, your employer must allow you to take unpaid leave in the following situations.
- Family and medical leave. If your employer has at least 50 employees, you can receive up to 12 weeks of unpaid time per year for illness or caregiving.
- Military leave. Federal and state law requires Florida employers to allow you to take time off for work for federal or state military service.
- Jury duty. Your employer must allow you to take unpaid leave for jury duty.
- Domestic violence leave. If your employer has at least 50 employees, you can receive up to 3 days per year to handle domestic violence situations against you or your family members.
Your employer must reinstate you in your position after you return from your leave, and your employer cannot discriminate against you because you took certain leave.
Can You File a Lawsuit Against Your Florida Employer?
Your employer must comply with many different regulations under state and federal law, including time-off compliance, wage and hour laws, protectionseagainst discrimination, keeping the workplace safe and free of hazards, and lay-off notices. If you believe that your employer broke a state or federal labor law, you can hold him or her accountable through an employment lawsuit in Florida civil court.
Through this lawsuit, you can claim both economic and non-economic damages you suffered as a result of your employer’s negligence or breach of labor laws. For example, you can claim medical expenses if you suffered an injury on the job or past wages if the employer failed to pay minimum wage.
Have you suffered damages due to unfair employment practices in Florida? Rodal Law is here to help. You can claim compensation through an employment lawsuit in civil court. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at our Fort Lauderdale offices and discuss your legal options.