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Wrongful Termination Law in Florida

Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott > Wrongful Termination Law in Florida

If you've been wrongfully terminated, you may be entitled to compensation.In Florida, wrongful termination claims can occur when your employer fires you for an unlawful reason or in violation of an employment contract.

According to Florida and federal anti-discrimination laws, it is unlawful for an employer to harass or discharge an employee because that employee engaged in a protected activity.

These “protected activities” include complaining about or opposing harassment or discrimination because of your race, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, age, sex, religion, or simply because you sought medical leave. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, call (800) 563-1409 today to schedule a free consultation.

Your employer may not terminate an employee who complains about discrimination or harassment if the employee had a reasonable belief that the behavior you complained about or opposed was against the law. Without hiring a wrongful termination attorney, it is almost impossible to hold an employer accountable for the unlawful firing.

You Deserve Compensation If You Were Wrongfully Terminated


Florida law provides comprehensive monetary and other remedies who were illegally fired from their job. If you were recently fired from your job for any unlawful purpose, you may be entitled to monetary damages for lost wages and emotional distress because you were wrongfully terminated.

However, the only way to know for sure is to call an employment lawyer as the law limits the time you can file for recovery. The Law Office of Patrick K. Elliott represents employees across Florida and doesn’t charge you anything unless he gets you cash compensation for your case. Mr. Elliott will review the facts of your case and assess whether you have any potential legal claims. Call (800) 563-1409 today.

Wrongful Termination Claims


The most common types of wrongful termination claims are employment discrimination claims. It’s illegal to fire an employee because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, genetic information, age, or because of the language they speak.

Discrimination


Employees cannot be fired merely due to an employer’s discriminatory hostility towards employees who are members of certain protected classifications or engaged in protected activity.

Additionally, employment discrimination laws also protect employees who blow the whistle on their employer’s discriminatory acts.

Retaliation


Similarly, retaliation is also unlawful. An employer may not fire an employee because the employee complained of illegal behavior, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, workplace safety concerns, wage and hour violations, or took medical leave. For example, if you tell your boss that you’re pregnant and then all of a sudden they fire you, then you might be victim of pregnancy discrimination.

Opposing or Reporting Unlawful Activity


Employers are prohibited from punishing or firing employees that disclose information about a legal violation to their supervisor, certain state agencies or the government.


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Likewise, Florida employers also cannot stop or retaliate against employees from working with any government agency that may be investigating the employer for legal violations.

Finally, employers cannot fire or punish employees for refusing to participate in unlawful activities. If your employer has discharged you for reporting or opposing its unlawful activities, then it has committed wrongful termination and you might be entitled to damages.

You Have an Employment Contract


A contract can also limit the employer’s ability to fire the employee if it requires the employer to have a good reason for the termination. For example, the employment contracts of company executives commonly have provisions that limit the circumstances under which you can be fired.

What Can You Do if You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated?


While employers don’t need a good reason to terminate an at-will employee, they are prohibited from terminating employees for unlawful reasons. Your employer cannot terminate you simply because certain characteristics apply to you, because you did something you were lawfully allowed to do, nor can your employer cannot create a work environment that puts you at a disadvantage simply because you belong to a protected class.

It’s illegal to fire an employee because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, genetic information, or age.

Likewise, your employer may not harass you because you’re a member of a protected class for being part of that class. And your employer may not create or maintain a hostile work environment that leaves the class member with no option than to quit the job.

If any of these situations have happened to you, then you may have been wrongfully terminated and could be entitled to monetary damages for lost wages and emotional distress. Florida wrongful termination lawyer Patrick Elliott can help you sift the facts, sort out your claims, and decide how to proceed.

What Happens if the Firm Takes My Wrongful Termination Case


If the Firm takes your case, I will first tell you what I believe is the best course of action for your case. There are usually two (2) options here. The Firm will either prepare a demand packet and file any administrative charges, or file a lawsuit against your former employer. Each case is different, and while not all unfair terminations are illegal, the only way to know for sure how strong your case is and what options are is to talk to a lawyer.

There are many more reasons that qualify as wrongful dismissal. If you would like to know whether your boss has wrongfully fired you, contact Florida Wrongful Termination Lawyer Patrick K. Elliott today for a free consultation at (800) 563-1409.