Florida is classified as an at-will employment state. This means that employers are generally entitled to discharge employees for any reason or no reason at all. However, there are federal and state laws that protect employees or job applicants from being discriminated against. These laws also protect employees from retaliation by employers.
There are several federal laws that provide employees with protection from employer discrimination. These are also enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).These laws include:
In addition to the federal laws, Florida has enacted its own anti-discrimination laws to protect its employees. Under Florida law, employers may not discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of:
In addition, some cities in Florida have adopted additional protected classifications. For example, in Miami, it is illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Members of protected classes are not immune from being discharged. Anti-discrimination laws only apply if the reason for termination is related to their membership of a protected class. Employers are still permitted to discharge members of a protected class so long as the primary motivation for the discharge is unrelated to the employee’s class status. Some examples of non-discriminatory reasons for discharge include:
If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace or if you are defending against an accusation of employment discrimination, you should contact an experienced employment lawyer immediately.
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