Florida employers have perpetrated several myths upon the public in recent years. The most prevalent is that Florida is a “right-to-work” or “at-will” employment state. What Florida employers would have you believe is that this means they can fire you for any reason. And while that’s partially true, there’s one important caveat: Florida employers cannot fire you for an unlawful reason.
This means that, although Florida is an at-will employment state, even at-will employees can’t be fired for discriminatory reasons, or be retaliated against for reporting harassment, discrimination, reporting or refusing to participate in your employers unlawful conduct.
Both Florida and federal law provides extensive and comprehensive protections for Florida employees. The problem is that many employees in Florida don’t know all of their rights in the employment context. Although you may be an “at-will” employee, if you feel that you’ve been wrongfully terminated, contact the Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott to ensure that your rights are protected.
Even if you are an at-will employee, if you think that any of these situations happened to you, then you may have been wrongfully terminated. This means that you could be entitled to monetary compensation lost wages and emotional distress. Florida employment attorney Patrick K. Elliott can help you sift through the facts, sort out your claims, and competently advise you decide how best to proceed.