When Bad Things Are Happening At Work
At Yormak Employment & Disability Law, we know employment law. It’s all we do. We understand what discrimination looks like and how to put a stop to it. As an employee, it’s illegal for your employer to discriminate, harass, or retaliate against you because you belong to a protected class or because of a disability. If you are being harassed or discriminated against at your place of employment, speak to a board-certified expert employment law attorney today. Call 239-399-8808.
What Workplace Discrimination Looks Like
There are many types of discrimination. It is illegal to single you out for negative treatment because of your race or color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, or pregnancy. If you are an employee, you cannot be fired or retaliated against because you complained about workplace discrimination. You also cannot be fired for participating in a government investigation of claims of discrimination.
Discrimination can include failure to hire, failure to promote and harsher discipline than another employee accused of a similar offense. It can also include being fired, getting a pay cut or fewer hours or a change in your work schedule, among other issues.
The Difference Between Discrimination And Harassment
When we refer to discrimination, we normally mean that your employer disciplined you, or terminated you. Discrimination can also mean you were demoted or not promoted. In some cases discrimination happens because you were never hired in the first place.
Harassment means that you are regularly made to feel uncomfortable at work and this makes doing your job extremely difficult.
Both harassment and discrimination need to be tied to your race, gender, age, or some other characteristic protected by law.
Retaliation simply means an act of the employer designed to punish an employee for exercising their rights. It is retaliation if you complain of discrimination or harassment and, in response, your employer disciplines you, threatens you, or makes your life miserable.
Types Of Issues We Can Help You With
If you have been fired or are miserable at work because of workplace harassment or discrimination, we can help. We handle many types of issues, including:
- Employment discrimination of all kinds
- Sexual harassment
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Whistleblower or retaliation
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Florida Commission on Human Rights (FCHR)
- Wage and hour issues
- Veteran Employment Rights (USERRA)
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- Public Employee Relations Commission Appeals (PERC)
Your employer is not allowed to punish you or prevent you from getting raises or promotions because you have complained about illegal conduct on the job. This is retaliation. While Florida is an “at will” employment state, your employer cannot fire you for a reason that is discriminatory or that violates the law.
Statutes Of Limitations And Deadlines
You will lose your rights unless you take action. After experiencing discrimination or harassment you may want to file a civil rights complaint or a lawsuit. You will need to do either of these soon after the event. Some deadlines happen very fast. The deadline for filing may be as short as 30 days and as long as six years. Consult with an attorney or take any other action as soon as possible to make sure you are not left without a remedy.
Get A Free Case Assessment Today
We know that being harassed or discriminated against at work can be overwhelming. You need to earn a paycheck to provide for yourself and your family. We offer a free, confidential case assessment so that you can find out right away if you have a case and which steps to take next. Call our board-certified expert at 239-399-8808 or send us an email via this website.