Understanding The Grounds For Challenging Termination

Losing your job can be a tremendous blow. It can impede your chosen career path and jeopardize your financial stability. The job loss can be particularly difficult if it was motivated by improper or illegal reasons.

In Florida, most employment is at-will. This means either party may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for almost any reason. However, the law places some limits on employers' ability to terminate employees.

While there is technically no legal action called a "wrongful termination claim" under Florida law, you can bring a lawsuit if your employer fired or terminated you for illegal reasons. These lawsuits generally fall under the following grounds:

  • Employment discrimination: If you lost your job as a result of discrimination on the basis of certain protected grounds — such as race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age — you could be entitled to financial recovery or reinstatement.
  • Sexual harassment: Ongoing sexual harassment can make it difficult to function in your job. If you quit or lost your job due to sexual harassment, you could have grounds for a lawsuit.
  • Retaliation: Were you fired or demoted in retaliation for reporting your employer's illegal or unethical conduct? If so, you may be able to pursue significant financial recovery or reinstatement under various state and federal whistleblower laws.
  • Contract-related protections: Some employment contracts provide that your employment can only be terminated for just cause. If your employer fired you for no reason — or terminated your employment for reasons that do not amount to just cause — you may be able to pursue a breach of contract claim.

Each circumstance is different. Every situation presents its own set of challenges and options. Given the complexity of these claims, it is important to consult with a lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

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At the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, P.A., we focus exclusively on employment and labor law. Our primary attorney is certified as an expert in these areas by The Florida Bar, a prestigious distinction that few Florida lawyers hold. As a former administrative law judge and trial lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Mr. Costales has decades of experience handling the legal issues that arise in wrongful termination situations. He provides proactive and tenacious representation in protecting clients' rights.

Our firm also represents employers facing allegations of wrongful termination. Our principal attorney has experience representing employers spanning a broad range of industries, including Fortune 500 companies.

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Please contact our firm to learn more about how we can assist you. Based in Miami, our lawyers handle wrongful termination matters throughout South Florida. Call 877-389-7395 for a free telephone consultation with our office.

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