Baron & Herskowitz is dedicated to handling civil litigation claims involving discrimination and harassment toward employees. The firm is involved in representing employees in discrimination actions involving sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability and pregnancy. The firm also handles claims as it involves harassment or retaliation for the protection of employee’s claims or protests of discrimination.
Discriminating labor practices against employees occur in many ways such as harassment on the job, being subjected to inappropriate jokes or touching, termination, not being paid appropriately, failure to hire or promote and retaliation for making appropriate claims of discrimination. If you feel that you have been discriminated against or wrongfully harassed at the workplace, contact us to find out if you have a legal claim.
Discrimination in the Workplace
Some potential employees may face discrimination in the hiring process. Others are discriminated against once they get their jobs. Unfortunately, employee discrimination and harassment at the workplace are a fact of life in Florida as well as in other states around the country.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations defines discrimination as unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice and without regard to individual merit.
Discrimination for Which You Can Sue
Unfair treatment in the workplace is protected by U.S. and Florida laws. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employee harassment must fall into certain categories to be considered employee harassment or discrimination. To sue your employer, your complaint has to involve discrimination because of your:
- Sex (which includes pregnancy)
- National origin
- Age (40 or older)
- Genetic information
Other types of discrimination for which you may sue include:
- Denial of reasonable workplace accommodation that allows you to comply with your religious beliefs or disability
- Retaliation because you complained about discrimination against yourself or because you helped an investigation or lawsuit involving job discrimination
- Florida law also protects you from discrimination because of your marital status
You may file a lawsuit not only if your employer discriminates against you, but also if you are harassed by co-workers or other people in your workplace.
Types of employee harassment for which you can sue your employer in Florida include:
- Inappropriate jokes
- Unwanted advances whether physical or conversational
- Inappropriate talk about sex
- Unequal pay
- Failure to hire or promote
- Retaliation for making legitimate claims of discrimination or harassment
If you have experienced discrimination or harassment on the job in Florida in any of the previous categories, you are protected by U.S. and Florida laws and are entitled to sue for damages. You should contact the law offices of Baron & Herskowitz, a Florida law firm that represents people who have been harmed by the negligence or misconduct of others. You should not have to put up with such offenses and we encourage you to speak with one of our lawyers.