Florida Workplace Discrimination Lawyer
Under federal and state law, we expect fair treatment in the workplace. We do not expect our colleagues or employers to discriminate against us based on race, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation – but in today’s world, this bigotry is alive and well. If you experienced discrimination in the workplace, you can claim compensation through a civil lawsuit.
If you need an attorney to represent your Florida workplace discrimination case, choose Rodal Law. Our firm has years of experience litigating cases involving discrimination, workplace violations, and more.
- You will work closely with an attorney throughout every step of your case. You will not have your case passed on to a paralegal or an assistant.
- We understand that legal fees can be difficult to afford out-of-pocket. Rodal Law operates on a contingency-fee basis to maximize affordability.
- Our firm values open and honest communication throughout your case. You will always know about new developments or deadlines coming up.
Who Has Protections Under Florida Law?
Both federal and state law prohibit Florida employers from discriminating against their employees based on certain protected characteristics. Employers cannot be discriminatory in hiring practices, on the job, or when deciding to terminate an employee. Under federal law, all United States employers cannot discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, genetic information, or citizenship status.
In addition to these federally protected classes, Florida state law prohibits discrimination based on marital status, AIDS/HIV, or sickle cell trait. However, neither Florida law or federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Your city or county may have statutes in place to prohibit these types of discrimination.
Who Needs to Follow Florida Anti-Discrimination Laws?
Only certain Florida employers need to adhere to the federal and state anti-discrimination laws. They must have at least 15 or more employees for these regulations to apply to their businesses, except under the following circumstances.
- All employers must provide equal pay for men and women.
- Employers with four or more employees must not discriminate based on citizenship status.
- Employers with 20 or more employees must not discriminate based on age.
Common Types of Florida Workplace Discrimination
If you believe that you suffered discrimination at the hands of your employer, you could hold him or her accountable through a civil lawsuit. Through this action, you can receive compensation for damages such as lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and more. Florida workplace discrimination can include the following common types.
- Race discrimination. Racial discrimination is against federal and state law but can take place in numerous areas of the workplace. If your employer fired you based on your race or refused to hire you because of your race, you can hold him or her accountable. Racist remarks or poor treatment because of your race is another form of racial discrimination.
- Gender and sex discrimination. This type can be very common in Florida workplaces. If your employer refuses to hire you based on your gender or because you were pregnant, fires you based on your sex, reduces your pay, or engages in any other discriminatory action on the basis of gender or sex, you can claim damages for discrimination.
- Religious discrimination. All Florida employees have the right to religious freedom, regardless of their employers’ beliefs. However, if your employer fires you, demotes you, refuses to hire or promote you, bullies you, or makes derogatory remarks based on your religion, you can claim religious discrimination.
- Disability discrimination. If you have a disability, you have the right to equal treatment at the hands of your employer. However, if your employer pays you less because of your disability, refuses to hire you, or passes you over for a promotion based on your disability, you can hold him or her accountable for disability discrimination.
Have you suffered discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, or sexual orientation in the workplace? You could claim compensation through a civil lawsuit in Florida court. Contact Rodal Law today to learn more about your legal options at your free consultation in Fort Lauderdale.