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Fighting Against Workplace Discrimination in Miami, Orlando, and All Throughout Florida

Florida employers have the right to hire, promote, and pay employees based on their job qualifications. However, they are prohibited from discriminating against applicants and employees based on specific, protected characteristics. Everyone has the right to a fair and equal work environment. Those who experience discrimination in the workplace have legal remedies available to recoup their losses.

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What Are the Laws That Protect Against Discrimination in Florida?

The Florida Civil Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit work discrimination. This includes discrimination in recruiting, hiring, promotion, compensation, disciplinary actions, training, and job evaluations. Yet, despite this, employers continue to willfully or negligently discriminate against employees and job applicants.

It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a person due to their:

  • Age - The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects applicants and workers who are 40 years old and older. They are protected from discrimination based on age during the hiring process when determining compensation, promotions, discharge, and more.
  • Race - It is illegal to treat an employee unfairly in any work-related decision because of their race or racial characteristics.
  • Disability - The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
  • Gender - Employers are prohibited from making employment decisions based on gender, including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, benefits, training, and layoffs.
  • Sexual orientation - Transgender, gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals have the right to raise claims of sex discrimination and sexual harassment in cases of workplace discrimination.
  • Religion - It is against the law to discriminate against an employee due to their religious beliefs, regardless of whether these beliefs are from conventional or nonconventional religions.
  • National origin - Employers are prohibited from treating job applicants and employees unfairly based on their national origin, including accent, ethnic background, and group associations.
  • Pregnancy - The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amended Title VII to outlaw discrimination based on pregnancy.

These classes are federally protected from employment discrimination. If you believe you have been treated unfairly in the workplace due to what is mentioned above, do not hesitate to speak with a workplace discrimination lawyer near you in Tampa at Justice Litigation Associates PLLC. Call (800) 219-1324 for a Free Consultation!

What Characteristics Are Protected Under Florida Employment Discrimination Law?

  • Marital Status
  • AIDS/HIV status
  • Sickle Cell Trait

Discriminatory actions can include an employee's wrongful termination due to their membership in one of these protected classes. Additionally, employees facing discrimination can be subject to wage issues and harassment and barred from promotion and other work opportunities.

What Proof Do I Need in a Discrimination Case?

  • Documenting Incidents: In discrimination cases, documentation is crucial. Keep detailed records of incidents, which could include dates, times, locations, and the individuals involved. Collect any relevant emails, text messages, or other communication that may indicate discriminatory behavior.
  • Witness Statements: Statements from witnesses who observed the discriminatory behavior can significantly strengthen your case. Collect statements from coworkers, friends, or others who can attest to the discriminatory actions you experienced.
  • Employment Records: If discrimination occurs in the workplace, gather relevant employment records, such as performance evaluations, promotions, and disciplinary actions. Discrepancies in treatment compared to colleagues can be compelling evidence.
  • Relevant Policies and Procedures: Familiarize yourself with company policies and procedures regarding discrimination. If your employer has failed to observe these guidelines, it can strengthen your case. Ensure that you have a clear understanding of your rights and the obligations of your employer.
  • Medical Records (if applicable): In cases involving disability discrimination, medical records may be crucial evidence. Document any medical conditions, treatments, or accommodations requested and denied, as well as the impact on your ability to perform your job.
  • Timely Filing of Complaints: Be mindful of the statute of limitations for filing discrimination claims. Timely reporting of incidents to the appropriate authorities or agencies is essential for pursuing legal action.

Helping Clients Fight Workplace Discrimination

Have you been the victim of employment discrimination in Florida? With a fresh perspective, aggressive approach, and passion for civil justice, Justice Litigation Attorneys can deliver the skilled representation you need. Led by employment attorney Chad Justice, our law firm can work to right the wrongs you have experienced. Our Tampa discrimination attorney can help you hold your employer responsible and seek fair compensation, job reinstatement, unpaid wages, and more.

For a free, confidential review of your employment discrimination case, contact our law firm at (800) 219-1324. From our law offices in Florida, our Tampa discrimination lawyers fight for workers’ rights.

Understanding the Consequences of Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination can have severe consequences for both employees and employers. It not only creates a hostile work environment but also undermines employee morale, productivity, and overall company reputation. At Justice Litigation Associates, we are dedicated to helping clients fight against workplace discrimination and seek justice for the harm caused.

Some of the consequences of workplace discrimination include:

  • Emotional distress and mental health issues for the victims
  • Loss of job opportunities and career advancement for the victims
  • Decreased employee loyalty and engagement within the company
  • Negative impact on company culture and diversity
  • Legal penalties, fines, and damages for the employers found guilty of discrimination

Our experienced discrimination lawyers understand the complexities of these cases and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and hold the responsible parties accountable. 

Understanding the Impact of Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination can have a profound impact on employees, affecting their well-being, job satisfaction, and career advancement opportunities. At Justice Litigation Associates, we are committed to helping our clients fight against discrimination and create a fair and inclusive work environment.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Emotional and Psychological Toll: Discrimination can cause significant emotional distress, leading to anxiety, depression, and decreased self-esteem. It can also create a hostile work environment, affecting overall job satisfaction and productivity.
  • Stifled Career Growth: Discrimination can hinder career advancement opportunities, limiting an individual's potential and professional growth. This can result in missed promotions, unequal pay, and restricted access to training and development programs.
  • Legal Protections: In Florida, there are several laws in place to protect employees against discrimination. These laws prohibit discrimination based on characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, and pregnancy, among others.
  • Seeking Justice: If you believe you have experienced workplace discrimination, it is essential to understand your rights and options. Our experienced Tampa employment discrimination lawyers can guide you through the process of filing a discrimination claim and seeking the justice you deserve.

At Justice Litigation Associates, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients and holding employers accountable for their discriminatory actions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you navigate the complexities of workplace discrimination cases.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the laws that protect against discrimination in Florida?

The Florida Civil Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit work discrimination. This includes discrimination in recruiting, hiring, promotion, compensation, disciplinary actions, training, and job evaluations.

What characteristics are federally protected from employment discrimination?

Age, race, disability, gender sexual orientation, religion national origin and pregnancy.

What additional characteristics do Florida employment discrimination laws protect against?

Marital status AIDS/HIV status and Sickle Cell Trait.

What types of discriminatory actions can employees face in the workplace?

Discriminatory actions can include an employee's wrongful termination due to their membership in one of these protected classes. Additionally they may face wage issues or harassment and be barred from promotion or other work opportunities.

How can I hold my employer responsible for workplace discrimination?

If you have been the victim of employment discrimination you have legal remedies available to recoup your losses. An experienced attorney can help you hold your employer responsible for their actions by seeking fair compensation such as job reinstatement or unpaid wages.

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How to File a Discrimination Claim

Florida is a deferral state. This means victims of workplace discrimination in Tampa, Miami, or Orlando, can file with a state or local agency approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. This complaint must be filed within 300 days of the discriminatory act.

If, upon investigation, the EEOC does not rule in favor of the claimant, the claimant will be notified of their right to sue. The claimant will have 90 days from receiving this notice to file their suit. The claimant can also request a right to sue letter 180 days after filing the charge.

Contact Our Tampa Discrimination Attorneys Today

If you have experienced discrimination at work, it is vital to reach out to a Tampa discrimination attorney right away. At Justice Litigation Attorneys, we can help you understand your options and fight for your Florida employment rights.

Get help from our Tampa discrimination lawyer who will put in the work it takes to secure the results you need. Contact Justice Litigation Attorneys at (800) 219-1324. Our Florida employment attorneys are standing by to offer the level of legal representation you deserve.

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