Florida employees have to deal with a lot of on-the-job stresses. In fact, the average employee who spends eight hours a day and 40 hours a week in an office is giving up a massive chunk of his or her personal freedom to help further the profit-generating pursuits of his or her employer. The very least that this employee should receive is fair treatment under the law.
Nevertheless, in addition to the stresses of being a nine-to-five worker, some employees are forced to endure difficult circumstances that lead to wrongful termination. Here are five of the most common ways that unlawful termination can happen at a Florida workplace:
— Termination after reporting your employer’s unlawful behavior: When you report the unlawful or unethical conduct of an employer, you are protected by state and federal Whistleblower laws. If you get fired as a result of reporting illegal behavior, you may have been wrongfully terminated.
— Termination for discriminatory reasons: If you were discriminated against on the job for any reason related to your race, gender, sexual preference, religion or other protected status — and if the discrimination led to or was related to your termination — your firing may have been unlawful.
— Termination because you made an unpaid wages complaint: Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and sometimes it just gets fired. If you complained about not getting paid the wages you were owed, and you were fired as a result, you may have a strong claim for wrongful termination.
— Terminated due to retaliation: Retaliation may take the form of wrongful termination if an employer wants to punish an employee who complains of sexual harassment or other issues on the job.
Florida employees who lost their job due to wrongful termination can speak with the employment law team at Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, PA. Our team of dedicated legal staff is available to advise you of your legal rights and options.