Under Florida law, employers are required to keep working environments free of discrimination and harassment. While there are several situations in which firing an employee is legal, it’s illegal for employers to wrongfully terminate their workers.
Continue reading to learn more about what’s considered wrongful termination in Florida and how to move forward if you have a possible case of wrongful termination.
What Are Common Examples of Wrongful Termination in Florida?
There are several possible instances of wrongful termination under Florida law.
Some of the most prevalent examples include termination due to:
- Discrimination on the basis of sex, disability, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status
- Retaliation for asserting legally protected rights at work
- Retaliation for protesting discrimination at work
- Retaliation for supporting coworkers’ claims of discrimination at work
- Retaliation for reporting your employer’s illegal practices
- Retaliation for refusing to engage in your employer’s illegal practices
- Retaliation for reporting issues with wages or hours, such as unpaid overtime, which is protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Retaliation for siding with a union
- Retaliation for making a worker’s compensation claim
- Retaliation for taking family or medical leave, which is guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Retaliation for reporting unsafe working conditions, which is protected under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- A violation or breach of contract on the part of your employer
How to Handle a Wrongful Termination Case
If you believe that you may have been wrongfully terminated, it’s important to contact an employment law attorney, like a member of the team at Weldon & Rothman, immediately. Our attorneys will evaluate your situation, gather evidence, and build a strong case against your employer. After being wrongfully terminated, it’s your right to pursue a legal claim!
To learn if you have a wrongful termination case, schedule a consultation at Weldon & Rothman, PL today.