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Florida Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Facing workplace discrimination and harassment is extremely stressful. Many employees who have faced these circumstances suffer from depression, anxiety, and insomnia. It can be stressful to face workplace discrimination and harassment. The law firm Phillips & Associates is a recognized leader in litigation arising out of workplace harassment and discrimination. Our seasoned Florida employment lawyers handle litigation of all sizes, including high profile cases. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in awards and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our firm has an office in Miami and locations in other states, including offices in New York City, Princeton and Philadelphia.

Employment Law Firm in Florida

Workplace discrimination and harassment are prohibited. Discrimination occurs if you are treated adversely by a prospective Florida employer or existing employer. Our firm handles a wide range of workplace discrimination and harassment claims in both federal and state courts, including those involving:

We also handle wage and hour lawsuits, such as those involving overtime. In addition to trying cases, our experienced Florida employment lawyers also handle other proceedings such as:

Florida and Federal Laws Make Workplace Discrimination Illegal

Several federal statutes and Florida law prohibit workplace discrimination. Many of the federal antidiscrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which means our attorneys would need to file a charge with the EEOC, before pursuing your lawsuit for damages in federal court. There is a limited window of time within which to pursue your claim, so it’s important to give us a call as soon as you realize you may have been subject to discrimination and harassment.

You may have a discrimination claim if your employer makes an adverse employment decision based on a protected characteristic such as your national origin or religion. For example, if you are fired once your employer realizes you are from the Middle East, you may have a claim under federal or state laws. Other adverse employment actions that may be discrimination when they occur because of a protected trait include failure to promote, demotion, or harassment. It’s important to seek legal counsel if you suspect you have a claim. The experienced Pennsylvania employment lawyers of Phillips & Associates provide free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid for our work on your case unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) prohibits employment discrimination and harassment. As with the ADA, the Florida Civil Rights Act covers employees of companies with fifteen or more employees. You may have a claim under this law if you were terminated, not hired, or otherwise faced an adverse decision due to your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status. Under Florida law, employers are not allowed to classify or limit job applicants or employees such that they would be deprived of job opportunities.

If you believe you may be a victim of discrimination, you have 365 days under the FCRA to file a charge with the Commission on Human Relations, which, in turn, has 180 days from that date to investigate and decide about the charge.

Workplace Sexual Harassment is Illegal

Federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment in Florida, as well. Sexual harassment can include any of the following:

Pregnancy and Family Discrimination

Our lawyers represent women who have been discriminated against due to their pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition in federal and state court. The federal law that prohibits pregnancy discrimination is the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Learn more about whether you might have a pregnancy discrimination claim here:

Disability and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Although disability discrimination is forbidden under federal and state laws, those with disabilities, sadly, do face discriminatory conduct from their employers and coworkers. When covered, your employer is required to give you a reasonable accommodation for your disability, unless to do so would present an undue hardship. Additionally, when your employer is of a certain size and covered by federal law, you may be entitled to family or medical leave in connection with certain events like childbirth. To learn more about your rights:

Consult Our Florida Employment Attorneys

Call the law firm of Phillips & Associates for a free initial consultation if you realize that you may have been harmed by workplace discrimination or harassment. We may be able to help you. You can reach us at our offices in Tampa and Miami by calling (305) 549-5120 or completing our online Contact Us form. We look forward to speaking with you.

What Our Clients Say?
"Phillips & Associates did a wonderful job. I would recommend Brittany Stevens." Angel
"Employment dispute I had a dispute with my former employer, Jesse Weinstein was patient and thorough with my case. He covered every angle and was able to help me with my dispute. I would recommend Jesse Weinstein and Phillips and Associates in the future to anyone." Margaret
"Hands down the best law firm for labor disputes in NYC. Being in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years I can say that this law firm is the number one choice for workers in the restaurant business that need to sue their company for wrongful termination. A special compliment to my lawyer Brittany Stevens. An amazing person and well prepared experienced lawyer. She was professional and empathetic to my case and worked in a time appropriate manner. She never miss a phone call at any hour of the day. Brittany and her team helped me with what I needed, when I needed it. I want to thank them all (especially Brittany), for a job well done." Massimo
"Jesse Weinstein handled my discrimination case. He was extremely patient and understanding throughout the process and remained professional and consistent even when I could not. I really felt like he had my back and I didn't have to worry. His expertise, combined with the experience of the Firm, resulted in the best possible outcome of my case. Although I wouldn't wish what I went through on anyone, things do and always will happen and I would highly recommend Jesse and this Firm to anyone facing discrimination or other workplace issues." Karen
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