Wrongful terminations happen often in the state of Florida. What doesn’t happen often is a worker who actually holds his ex-employer legally accountable for a wrongful termination. Indeed, numerous instances of inappropriate job loss sail past the radar of the courts because the victims of the wrongful termination don’t know that they’ve been harmed unjustly.
Fortunately, this did not happen in a recent wrongful termination case. An employee for a landscaping company in Charlotte County sued his ex-employer for wrongful termination. According to the worker, he was terminated after taking employment leave to which he was legally entitled.
Late last month, the man filed an employment law claim under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act. In his complaint, the man alleged that he maintained employment with the landscaping company during the years from 2009 through 2016. However, after a back injury, he needed to take time off. He invoked his right under the FMLA to take the time off he needed in September 2016, but in December his employer terminated him due to excessive absences.
The plaintiff says that he lost wages as a result of the wrongful termination, which further constituted retaliation for taking advantage of his FMLA rights. Court documents indicate that the wronged employee is asking for a jury trial in addition to compensation for his financial damages, court costs and attorneys’ fees.
Do you suspect that you were wrongfully terminated from your employer? You may be able to stand up for your rights in court as well. By contacting an employment law attorney, you can learn more about your legal rights and your ability to seek financial compensation in court.
Source: Florida Record, “Landscaper alleges he was terminated in retaliation for taking leave,” Jenie Mallari-Torres, March 06, 2017