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Employment Discrimination

It is against both federal and state law to discriminate against an employee based on their race, color, religion, sex, natural origin, disability, or age. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act are also known as discrimination laws. Together, these discrimination laws make discrimination illegal in any aspect of employment—from hiring to firing. It is even illegal to enact policies or employment practices if they have a negative impact on a particular group of people.

If you believe that you have been the victim of employment discrimination, you need a law firm on your side with the experience and resources necessary to fight discrimination and protect your constitutional rights. At Kelley/Uustal, our lawyers have successfully represented numerous individuals who have faced unfair discrimination and other employment law issues in the workplace.

Types of Employment Discrimination

There are numerous ways an employee or prospective applicant could be discriminated against. The most common types of employment discrimination include:

  • Disability discrimination—an example would be administering programs or services that do not meet the needs of disabled employees.
  • Sexual harassment or gender discrimination—an example would be making sexual references or unwanted sexual advances to a female co-worker or sending sexual emails to co-workers.
  • Age discrimination—an example would be firing an employee because of his/her age.
  • Race discrimination—an example would be harassing an employee based on the color of their skin or country of origin. This includes racist remarks or derogatory statements.
  • Religious discrimination—an example would be harassing an employee for wearing religious attire or making derogatory statements about an individual’s religion.
  • Retaliation claims—an example would be firing an employee for filing a safety complaint, being a whistleblower, or making an employee discrimination claim.
  • Equal pay and wage discrimination—an example would be paying a male employee a higher salary for doing the same work as a female employee.
  • Pregnancy discrimination—an example would be disciplining or terminating an employee because she is pregnant.

Title VII Damages and Employee Discrimination Claims

Victims of employee discrimination may be entitled to certain damages that include job reinstatement or promotion, wage recovery, job related losses, financial damages, injunctive relief, and payment of lawyer fees.

If you feel that you have been unfairly terminated, harassed, or discriminated against in the workplace, you need an experienced legal team on your side. Before you take any action, it is important to know your legal rights. You may be advised to carefully document and report misconduct appropriately. You may also be advised not to resign until legal action can be taken. It is important to speak to one of our skilled employee rights lawyers immediately—and before you take any action in your workplace.

Florida’s Employee Rights Law Firm

The Florida employee rights lawyers at Kelley/Uustal have the resources necessary to succeed in even the most complex employment disputes. If your employment dispute ends up in court, as many often do, you can rest assured knowing that you are being represented by successful trial attorneys, who have the skills and experience needed to win the tough courtroom battles against even the largest corporations. If you are in need of a Florida employment attorney, contact us at Kelley/Uustal or call us at (954) 522-6601. We are here to answer all your questions, protect your business, and help you pursue justice.

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