Florida Employment Lawyer
Florida employers must comply with employment laws throughout the process of hiring and firing employees for a business.
These laws help to protect those individuals applying for a job, and, in the end, they also protect the employer from a hefty lawsuit. Laws are in place to be sure that employees receive a fair wage for their work and keep employers from making unfair demands on employees.
Florida’s Minimum Wage
Employers must pay employees a fair and working salary according to federal law. The minimum wage for an employee in the state of Florida is $8.25 per hour, a dollar more than the federal requirement. Overtime benefits start for anyone making minimum wage who currently works more than 40 hours per week.
Discrimination Cases We Handle
Employment law covers a wide span of rights, duties, and obligations between employers and employees. Every part of employment from the job application to terminating an employee, must abide by rules and regulations to stay within the law. Knowing where your case fits on the spectrum can help you understand your rights and potential legal opportunities.
We represent workers—not corporations—for claims against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour/overtime issues. In many situations, the best mechanism for protecting employee’s rights is through class action lawsuits and collective actions. That is why we thoroughly analyze every potential case before we start the litigation process.
Types of Discrimination Cases:
1.) Unlawful Discrimination. This includes claims of discrimination based on race, gender, sex, religion, national origin, color, disability, or failure to hire or promote an individual of a protected class.
2.) Sexual Harassment. Unwanted actions, behaviors, requests, or advances of a sexual nature.
3.) Harassment. Any type of actions towards an employee that are “severe or pervasive” enough to create a hostile work environment.
3.) Disability Discrimination or Failing to Accommodate. An employer legally must provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices, and disabilities. Refusing to reasonably accommodate these needs can lead to a charge of employment discrimination.
4.) Wage and hour violations. If an employer has failed to obey to federal and statewide minimum wage and overtime laws, which can result in an employment action.
5.) Retaliation. Cases of punishment against an employee for filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Retaliation can take the form of a demotion, pay cut, or wrongful termination, for example.
6.) Wrongful termination. An employer might have wrongfully terminated an employee if it fired the employee for several illegal reasons, including termination due to a protected class, out of retaliation, or pregnancy.
7.) Unsafe work environment. Toxic chemicals, slip and fall hazards, defective products, and negligent employers can result in serious personal injuries and illnesses.
This is not a comprehensive list of our practice areas. To find out if we can assist you with your employment issue, contact our Tampa office today. Our Tampa employment attorneys will provide a free consultation for your case.
Why Should I seek a Florida Employment Attorney to Handle My Claim?
Florida employers take claims more seriously when employees hire attorneys. Your employer likely has an entire legal team available to provide assistance and counseling during an employee claim. The most effective way to balance the scales is to hire one of your own. Unless you have a law degree, you will not have the knowledge or experience to give your case its best chance of success. Hiring a Tampa employment lawyer gives you the resources you need for a strong case.
Going up against your employer as a whistleblower or the victim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation can take a significant mental and emotional toll. With a lawyer by your side, you can have the peace of mind you need to move forward with the legal process confidently. You don’t have to deal with communications with state or federal agencies, meetings with your employer, or investigations on your own. Let a lawyer handle all of this on your behalf, so you can focus on your personal and mental health.
You also need a Florida employment attorney to handle your claim for legal reasons. While it’s not against the law to represent yourself during employment lawsuits, it’s generally not something the courts advise. Getting an attorney means protecting your rights as a wronged employee in Florida. A lawyer will give you all the information you need about your rights and opportunities as an employee according to state and federal labor laws.
When You Need an Employment Attorney
Employees in Florida can handle their own discrimination or other employment claims in some situations. If you feel comfortable standing up for your rights on your own, you’re welcome to handle the initial filing process. This involves filing a charge against your employer with either the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). In many cases, the EEOC or FCHR will choose to investigate the case and initiate mediation.
During mediation, there is a chance your employer will resolve your issue, pay your desired recovery, and end the claims process. However, there is also a chance that your employer will refuse mediation, fight the claim, and deny a settlement offer. You don’t want to be representing yourself in these cases. Hiring a lawyer to represent you during mediation can improve the odds of resolving your case without needing to go to court.
If your case does require a trial for resolution, definitely hire a Florida employment attorney. Legal assistance during a trial can remove the burden from your shoulders and help you win your case. Instead of navigating complex employment laws, legal procedures, and filing requirements alone, partner with a lawyer to automatically boost your odds of success. If you’re serious about winning your claim, hire an attorney.
How to Know If You Have a Case
You probably have an employment claim in Florida if a higher-up made an employment decision based on something other than your occupational abilities or work experience. Any decisions made based on your gender, sex, relationship status, ethnicity, religion, etc. is a sign of workplace discrimination. If you feel your employer made a hiring, promoting, firing, or other decision without proper and legal grounds to do so, it’s worthwhile to talk to an attorney.
The more you know about Florida’s employment laws, the better you can protect your rights as an employee. Recognizing when an employer, supervisor, manager, or coworker has infringed upon your privileges takes knowing them to begin with. Research the laws in Florida to find out if what someone did to you at work qualifies as discrimination, wrongful termination, etc. Go with your gut.
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If you feel wronged, humiliated, or violated, contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC. You may have grounds for a case under Florida or federal law.
The hiring of a Tampa employment lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented in this website should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor does it constitute the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.