Many people experience discrimination on a daily basis. It is always humiliating. When it occurs on the job, it is also a violation of Florida and federal law.
Not all actions you may regard as discriminatory constitute employment discrimination, however. It usually takes the help of an experienced employment law attorney to evaluate your case and advise you if you have a case and how to proceed.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Florida law, employment discrimination is discrimination based on your protected status, which includes:
- Your race or color
- Your gender
- Your age, if you are age 40 or older
- Your disability status
- Your religion
- Your national origin
- Your pregnancy status
Examples of employment discrimination include:
- Not hiring you based on your protected status
- Not promoting you based on your protected status
- Taking adverse actions you based on your employment status
- Firing you based on your protected status
In Florida, employers can fire you for any reason or for no reason at all-as long as it is not an illegal reason such as employment discrimination. For example, your employer can fire you over the messages you post on Facebook or for responding inappropriately to a situation at work. Before you take actions on your own, seek advice from and experienced employment lawyer.