Wrongful termination is firing an employee for an illegal reason. It may be a breach of contract or a violation of federal anti-discrimination laws. If you have been wrongfully terminated, contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC as soon as possible. Our Tampa Bay, Florida employment lawyers are dedicated advocates for our clients.
Our attorneys have more than 100 years of experience successfully handling employment matters. We take a hands-on approach to the cases we handle to ensure you receive the high-quality representation you deserve. We are selective in representing clients, so we can maintain a smaller caseload and give each of our clients the respect and attention he or she deserves.
If you have lost your job and you believe it was for an unlawful reason, you may have a claim for compensation against your former employer. Bringing a claim for wrongful termination is a challenging process involving complex legal proceedings. Having an experienced employment lawyer by your side can increase your chances of winning a wrongful termination claim.
In 2013, Governor Scott signed HB 655 into law. This preemptive bill put a halt to a local sick leave law under consideration in Orange County that would have provided for 56 hours of sick leave per year, mandatory across the county.
Florida is an at-will state, which means that employers may hire, fire, promote, demote, or discipline employees at will. However, certain types of termination may fall under the category of wrongful termination in Florida, including:
If you have been a victim of unlawful termination because of your sick leave, you may file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC may ask you and your employer to engage in mediation or ask for a written answer from your employer. It may investigate your claim.
If EEOC chooses not to pursue an investigation, or if the investigation is inconclusive, it will issue a Notice of Right to Sue letter. This letter allows you to file a lawsuit against your former employer for wrongful termination.
Evidence of retaliation and wrongful termination may be circumstantial. However, our experienced employment lawyers can help you construct your case and present your claim for damages. For example, if you were terminated for certain stated performance problems, our attorneys will want to know if other employees have been terminated for the same performance problems. If not, our employment lawyers will look for evidence that your employer treated you differently based on a legally protected status.
If you believe you have been terminated in violation of the law, your best course of action is to consult with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible. Contact Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC today to schedule a consultation. Our Tampa Bay employment lawyers can tell you if you have a claim for wrongful termination and guide you towards your best legal options.