Have You Been Treated Unfairly in the Workplace?

Employment Discrimination

Sexual Harassment

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Have You Been Treated Unfairly In The Workplace?

Have you been treated unfairly at work? Is there something about your employer's behavior that doesn't sit right with you? Your place of work should be a safe space. Whether prompted by a specific incident or a pattern of behavior, if you have a feeling that something isn’t right, understanding your rights as an employee is the first step to ensuring that you remain protected in the workplace. Common grounds for legal action include:

Employment Discrimination

According to a 2023 poll by Monster, 91% of American workers report having seen or directly experiencing discrimination at work. Sadly, discrimination comes in many forms, affecting people negatively irrespective of their lifestyle or background. But this doesn’t mean it needs to be tolerated or accepted. It's illegal for employers to discriminate based on Age, Disability, Race/National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation. Pregnancy status and Genetic Information also remain protected. Everyone has the right to be treated fairly and equally at work, but identifying discrimination isn't always straightforward. That's why it's important for employees to be aware about how to recognize discrimination in the workplace. 

Common types of employment discrimination include:

  • Terminating, demoting, disciplining or not promoting individuals over a particular age

  • Withholding benefits or compensation from pregnant employees 

  • Permitting harassment of employees by their co-workers due to specific religious beliefs

  • Providing unequal pay to equally qualified men and women for the same job

  • Repeatedly overlooking an employee for promotion due to their race, instead opting for less qualified employees

  • Offering different leave or retirement benefits to women and men

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a serious issue that shouldn't be tolerated, as it can drastically change the  work environment. Your employer has a legal obligation to address these issues, but if you don’t find their response sufficient, you have the right to take matters into your own hands by filing a lawsuit. Remember, if you're faced with sexual misconduct at work, there are federal and state laws to protect you — this includes situations where the harassment comes from anyone including a client, coworker, or even your boss.

Some examples of sexual harassment at work may include the following:

  • Unwanted touching or sexual advancements

  • Making sexually explicit remarks, conversations, jokes or comments, etc.

  • Displaying sexual materials (e.g., nude photographs)

  • Making requests or threats related to sexual favors

  • Various other activities of a sexual nature that could make an employee or others uncomfortable

If an employer is informed about sexual harassment and fails to address it, he/she could face serious consequences. It's crucial for companies to prioritize safeguarding their employees.

Wrongful Termination

Florida is recognized as a state that follows the “at-will employment” principle, which allows employers to dismiss employees whenever they choose, for any reason whatsoever, unless there's an employment contract, union agreement, or government employment specifying otherwise. That said, if the basis for firing is anything other than a genuine business need or the employee's insufficient performance—such as discriminatory or retaliatory reasons—it could be considered wrongful termination. 

Grounds upon which you could pursue a wrongful termination case include:

  • Sexual misconduct

  • Hostile work environment

  • Discrimination based on race

  • Breach of the Family and Medical Leave Act

  • Wage and hour disputes

Taking legal action against your employer is a serious decision that shouldn't be made hastily and lightly. That’s why it's crucial to document any evidence that could support your wrongful termination claim. 

There's a Big Difference Between Unfair and Illegal 

Unfair and illegal treatment are not synonymous when it comes to employment law. Lawsuits can be tricky and complicated. Every situation is different, with its own set of complex details to consider. You want to ensure your claim is legitimate, which is why getting proper legal guidance is key. The team at the Lewis Law Group understands how deeply issues at work can affect your personal life and happiness. Trust in our experienced attorneys to help you through it all and make sure you get the best-possible outcome. Contact us for a FREE case evaluation.