Florida Employment Lawyers
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:
- Sex or Gender
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Orientation
- Criminal Conviction
- National Origin
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:
- Unlawful Touching
- Sexual Joking or Comments
- Co-worker Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Advances
- Sexual Coercion
- Supervisor Sexual Harassment
- Sexual Assault
- Office/Holiday Parties
- What is Pregnancy Discrimination?
- Pregnancy Discrimination FAQs
- Disability Discrimination
- Medical Condition Discrimination
- Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace
- FMLA Violations
What Our Clients Say:
"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
"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."- Massimo
"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."- Karen