You Have Rights As An Employee
While it is true that Florida is an “at-will” employment state, this does not mean an employer can fire you for any reason. In fact, there are many reasons an employer cannot fire you.
I am attorney Pam Olsen, the founder of Olsen Law Firm, P.A. Since 1993, I have helped people assert their rights. When it comes to employment law, I know the law and how to make things right. I am an experienced attorney, and I also hold a Master of Science in mental health counseling. This means I understand not only the psychology behind workplace manipulation but also that you may feel intimidated and uncertain. When I take your case, I will be with you every step of the way.
Reasons Your Employer Cannot Legally Fire You
There are numerous reasons that an employer in Florida cannot fire or discriminate against you. Some of these reasons you cannot be fired, demoted or punished include:
- You complained about unsafe conditions or your employer violating a law.
- You took a medical leave of absence or have a disability, or submitted a disability claim.
- You were terminated because of your race, gender, color, national origin, veteran status, sex or sexual orientation, or marital status.
- Because you discussed wages and salaries with other employees.
- You were denied overtime for the hours you worked over 40 hours in a week, or if you were required to be at the workplace before your start time but were not paid for this. For example, if you are required to show up and do prep work or punch out and then sweep up, stock or collect the garbage.
- If you are not being paid Florida minimum wage and asked about it. In 2020, the minimum hourly wage is $8.56.
- If you are politically active.
There are many situations that can be nuanced. If you feel you were fired because of any of the above reasons, it is in your best interest to speak with a Florida employment law attorney. At Olsen Law Firm, P.A., I offer a free consultation so that I can hear your story, tell you what your rights are and tell you how I can help.
Sexual Harassment At The Workplace
Sexual harassment is sadly much more common than we would like to believe. Sexual harassment can take many forms but in general terms means unwanted sexual behavior by a supervisor, manager, co-worker, office worker or even a customer. This behavior can include unwanted requests for a date or sexual favors, offensive jokes, gestures, physical contact, or comments on your body or clothing. If you are experiencing this or have suffered sexual harassment, speak up. File a grievance or complaint with the human resources representative or with a company leader you trust. Document everything. Write down what was said or done by whom and on what day and time. Include the names of any witnesses. If the harassment does not stop, speak with an employment law attorney.
The Support And Guidance You Need Is Available
I have helped numerous people get the support they need in employment law cases. Call me, attorney Pam Olsen, at 352-504-3329 and set up a free consultation. You can also email me at the office. I will be with you every step of the way. Based in Ocala, I help clients throughout the area.