Experienced Workplace Discrimination Lawyers in Miami, FL
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Workplace discrimination comes in many forms, all of which are illegal in the United States. It could occur when an employer rejects a job candidate because she is a woman or fires a long-time employee because of his age. It can also happen when male workers are systematically paid more than their female colleagues solely because they are men.
Discriminatory actions can result in the wrongful termination of an employee, cause that employee to be treated differently, or cause that employee to be passed up for a promotion. When you need an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer in the Miami, FL area, look no further than FairLaw Firm.
Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more about protecting your rights to equal treatment in the workplace and beyond.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case for Employment Discrimination?
If you believe you are a member of a protected class and have been discriminated against, you may be able to file a legal claim for employment discrimination. Various state and federal laws and local ordinances are designed to protect people from discrimination. Unfortunately, many are still unfairly discriminated against every year. Much of this discrimination occurs on the job or in the pursuit of securing employment. The Florida Civil Rights Act, along with federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and other federal employment laws prohibit employers from discriminating against workers based on any of the following criteria:
It is against the law for employers to make adverse employment decisions based on a worker’s race, creed, color, or national origin. Likewise, employers cannot allow their workplace to be one in which employees of different races are called names or treated differently. A company that discriminates against its employees based on their race could find itself involved in a costly lawsuit.
Age discrimination may happen when someone 40 years or older is unfairly treated based on their age, such as in deciding whether to hire or fire them or in how much to pay them. Companies that ignore the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act, amongst other regulations, may find themselves facing lawsuits.
When an employer makes hiring, firing, or promotion decisions based on the gender of the workers involved, then they may be engaging in sex discrimination. This type of action violates the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Florida Civil Rights Act, amongst other regulations.
Individuals of different gender who work for the same employer and do the same tasks are supposed to be paid equally. In other words, if two employees of different genders work at the same location, in a similar environment, with similar experience, and perform tasks that require significantly equal strength, responsibility, and skill should be paid the same. Differences are only allowed when certain factors, including the amount or quality of work, experience, and seniority, are considered.
Some employers, supervisors, and managers mistreat pregnant workers, not treating them equally, firing them, or refusing to hire them, despite the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Florida Civil Rights Act, amongst other regulations and pertinent legislation.
Several state and federal laws prohibit unfair treatment based on an individual’s religion. Freedom of religion is one of America’s founding principles, yet some employers find a way to abuse these rights and treat employees with different religious beliefs differently.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
An increasing number of people are bringing claims against companies based on discriminatory behavior with regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity. If you have been retaliated against based on either of these factors, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Many people have been denied reasonable accommodations or have been refused a job simply because they have a disability. This is not an acceptable action, and laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provide the protection these individuals deserve. While not all medical conditions are considered disabilities under the ADA, you can be protected under the ADA even if you do not have a disability if your employer considers or “regards” you as having a disability.
When Should I Seek Legal Action Against Workplace Discrimination?
Anyone who feels that they have been discriminated against has the right to consult a discrimination attorney such as FairLaw Firm. Having a consultation with FairLaw Firm is confidential. Examples of possible workplace discrimination include:
- Refusal to hire individuals based on discrimination
- Wrongful termination based on discrimination
- Harassment at the workplace
- Retaliation for having complained about discrimination
- Creating a hostile work environment with insensitive or derogatory language
Where Do I Go to File an Employment Discrimination Claim?
Time is not on your side, and you have to file your discrimination claim with the appropriate government agency within a specific period of time – which can be one year or less. Discrimination claims involving violations of state laws must be reported to the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). Violations of federal discrimination laws, except for certain claims based on race, must be timely filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Many cases involving employment discrimination are covered by both state and federal legislation, so you may be able to file your discrimination claim with one or both agencies. It is always best to speak with a seasoned discrimination attorney before taking action or filing a claim to ensure you have everything covered.
Contact Our Employment Discrimination Lawyers Attorneys for an Initial Consultation
Discrimination rears its ugly head in many forms. If you are unfairly discriminated against in the workplace, then you should immediately consult with one of our experienced Miami workplace discrimination lawyers. We would be happy to assess your case and determine whether you have grounds to file a claim against a prospective, current, or former employer. Take action against employment discrimination and contact FairLaw Firm today to request an initial consultation. Our law firm often takes cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you receive the compensation you deserve. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you contact our employment attorneys!