Discrimination Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
Award-Winning Legal Representation for Workplace Discrimination in Florida
Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. If you believe you are being treated differently than your coworkers, you may have a right to file a discrimination claim. State and federal laws protect employees in all professions from discrimination in the workplace. These employees include:
- Media executives
- Hospitality industry professionals
- Law enforcement
- Every job in between
Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. It can bring your career goals to a sudden halt. The struggle to advance your career may be more profound because of your employer's illegal discrimination. If you believe you are being treated differently than your coworkers, you may have a right to file a discrimination claim.
At The Amlong Firm, our team of employment lawyers have dedicated our careers to ensure your career remains viable. We are aggressive trial lawyers who think outside of the box to negotiate and litigate on your behalf to end workplace discrimination. We understand discrimination laws in Florida, and we do not hesitate to fight for our clients.
Remedying Workplace Discrimination Practices
If your work environment feels toxic, it could be due to discrimination. You have the right to a work atmosphere free of discrimination. However, building your own case against your employer can be tough to accomplish without an experienced discrimination attorney in your corner.
Examples of workplace discrimination that could be actionable include:
- Not offering a new parent training or the necessary resources to "catch up" after coming back from leave
- Pay gaps between men and women or employees of different races who are paid differently for the same work completed
- An employee receiving unexpected job performance write-ups after returning from a leave of absence to care for an ailing family member
- An employee experiencing sudden limits on work duties after requesting time off to attend a religious holiday gathering
- An employee not being allowed a break during the day to practice a vital religious tradition
- Frequent changes to an employee's office location after his 50th birthday party card was circulated
- Inequitable cuts to LGBTQ staff work hours
- Offers to workers over 50 to accept early retirement incentives
The list could go on endlessly with many discriminatory practices overlapping. For example, employees of a certain race, religion, or another protected class may be receiving fewer hours or fewer shifts than other employees and receive less pay than others for the same work.
Stopping these harmful practices requires reporting them. You may fear losing your job if you do so. That is why it is critical to work with experienced employment law attorneys in Fort Lauderdale. At The Amlong Firm, our focus is helping you protect your career. We will do what it takes to protect your rights to equal pay and treatment at your job. Our discrimination lawyers in Fort Lauderdale have a deep understanding of the laws protecting your rights such as the Equal Pay Act (EPA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability is prohibited by federal law. Florida outlaws discrimination on these bases and also prohibits discrimination based on marital status. Some cities and counties prohibit employment discrimination on other bases, such as political affiliation and sexual orientation, as well.
Generally, the laws that prohibit employment discrimination also outlaw retaliation against an employee who has sought protection of anti-discrimination laws. To be covered by these laws, however, the employer must have 15 or more employees (some city and county ordinances apply to smaller employers) for a specified period of time. In order to enjoy the remedies these laws provide, you first must file a charge of discrimination with the appropriate agency within a limited period of time after the act of discrimination occurs.
While not all prohibited employment practices require a charge of discrimination to be filed in order to enjoy the remedies the law provides (for example, claims under the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to pay men and women equally for equal work and claims for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act do not), if you are not sure which employment laws protect you, be sure you have filed a charge within the shortest time limit that may apply.
Charges of discrimination alleging violations of Florida law must be filed with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) within 365 days of the discriminatory or retaliatory job action. Federal charges of discrimination must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 300 days in Florida of the last act of discrimination or retaliation.
Contact Our Discrimination Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale Today
Our highly respected discrimination lawyers have the experience to know what it takes to get the justice you are seeking in any workplace discrimination matter. Our strategies for negotiation and litigation have helped hundreds of professionals safeguard their careers. We prepare to litigate in the courtroom to ensure your case has been developed and built as effectively as possible.