Employment Discrimination - Florida

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Employment Discrimination - Florida

In Florida, employers may not discriminate against employees based on their memberships in protected classes. These classes are race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status. As a result, an employer cannot use any of these classifications as a deciding factor in employment decisions.

Exception to Protected Classes

But the employee may be fired if the reason for termination is unrelated to his membership in a protected class. Essentially, if the reason is such that the employee is unable to do his job, then the law does not apply.

For example, if you have a disability that prevents you from doing the job, an employer may refuse to hire you. Or, if an employer is seeking people to model men’s clothing, they are not breaking the law if they do not hire any women. In this case, women, by virtue of their sex, are not qualified to do the job.

In both cases, a person is being excluded from a job because of their membership in a protected class. Even so, an employer always has the right to reject applicants who are not qualified for a job, no matter what it is that makes them unqualified.

Consulting an Attorney in Florida

An employment lawyer can help you if you believe that you were denied a job or you were fired based on discrimination. The lawyer can help you recover damages that you occurred as a result of not working.

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Last Modified: 04-28-2014 01:21 PM PDT

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