Understanding Florida’s Wrongful Termination Laws

Understanding Florida’s Wrongful Termination Laws
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Wrongful termination isn’t just immoral. It’s also illegal. Florida’s wrongful termination laws provide a powerful remedy for those who are let go without adequate cause. If you’ve been fired in violation of state or federal law, an Orlando employment lawyer can help.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Florida’s Wrongful Termination Laws

Wrongful termination cases often involve instances of workplace harassment or discrimination. If an employer has taken adverse action against you because of your race, religion, gender, or other protected status, you may be able to sue for wrongful termination. There are some differences between federal law and Florida’s state law in this area. Under federal law, an employer who has at least 15 employees is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religion
  • Sex/Gender
  • Disability
  • Certain genetics

Additionally, federal law will prevent an employer who has at least 20 employees from firing someone for being too old (defined as age 40 or older). An employer with at least four employees is also federally prohibited from discrimination based on citizenship status. Meanwhile, Florida law forbids any employer with at least 15 employees from discriminating against:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex/Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Status Sickle Cell Traits

An Orlando wrongful termination attorney at Bogin, Munns & Munns can help you bring suit against an employer under federal and/or state law. Call our offices today to learn more.

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Other Firings Covered by Florida’s Wrongful Termination Laws

Florida law covers many other types of firings as well. In our state, it is illegal for an employer to fire you for:

  • Exercising your legal rights
  • Taking unpaid leave for jury duty
  • Taking family/medical leave pursuant to the FMLA law
  • Taking leave (up to 5 years) to serve in the military
  • Complaining about discriminatory behavior or harassment

It is also illegal for your employer to fire you if doing so violates the terms of your employment contract or, in some cases, the employer’s company policies. Other firings or adverse employment actions may be illegal as well.
NOTICE: The article above is not intended to serve as legal advice, and you should not rely on it as such. It is offered only as general information. You should consult with a duly licensed attorney regarding your Florida legal matter, as every situation is unique. Please know that merely reading this article, subscribing to this blog, or otherwise contacting Bogin, Munns & Munns does not establish an attorney-client relationship with our firm. Should you seek legal representation from Bogin, Munns & Munns, any such representation must first be agreed to by the firm and confirmed in a written agreement.

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