Given the fact, that for most people, one third of our lives are spent at work, it stands to reason that we would all want our on-the-job experiences to be fulfilling and rewarding. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. From large corporations to small businesses, some employees have found themselves dealing with discrimination, harassment or unfair treatment in the workplace for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, there are federal and state employment laws against such activities in place.
As a set of rules & regulations that deal with the rights of employees and the responsibilities of employers, employment law covers issues ranging from pension plans and retirement to occupational safety and discrimination in the workplace due to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), pregnancy, disability and genetic information. Workplace discrimination also covers being denied reasonable workplace accommodations for disability of religious beliefs and retaliation for job discrimination complaints or assistance with an investigation or lawsuit.
Common lawsuits filed against businesses are based on allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation or wrongful termination. Most workers are protected from these acts by federal anti-discrimination laws, but state labor laws do vary. As an example, if you were fired in California, your employer would need to have “cause” to terminate your employment. But in Florida, employers may fire, demote or discipline employees “at will.” However, they may not do so for an illegal reason such as your age or sex.
Under Florida State Law, employers also have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. However, many workers do not know their basic rights as employees; and allow unscrupulous employers, by default, to get away with unfair or illegal business practices. If you or someone you know may be dealing with an employment issue, contact a law firm proficient in employment law (in the state in which you live) to discuss your concerns. They can help you determine if you have a case based on federal and state law.
If you reside in South Florida, the legal team at Solnick Law P.A. provides experienced and knowledgeable representation involving issues that may violate employment law in the State of Florida. Click on http://solnicklaw.com/contact/ to request your free consultation, or give us a call at (786) 629-6530.
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