Just as workers have duties they must fulfill as part of their employment, an employer or business also has certain responsibilities to their employees. For one, the employer must ensure the workplace is safe and free from harassment for all employees.
Unfortunately, not all employers in Fort Lauderdale take this duty to their employees seriously, resulting in hostile workplaces that can cause serious emotional, psychological, and even physical harm to workers.
Even if the employer is not directly engaging in harassment, there is an expectation that the employer will prevent harassment based on race, religion, gender, disability, and other personal attributes.
Any threatening or discriminating behavior in the workplace is unacceptable, whether it comes from your boss, coworker, or even a customer. If you experience harassment at your job, you don’t have to stand for it.
Our labor and employment attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have decades of experience advocating for victims of workplace discrimination and helping them get the compensation they need and deserve.
Workplace Discrimination in Fort Lauderdale
State law prohibits employment and workplace discrimination, but unfortunately, harassment in the workplace is still alive and well in Fort Lauderdale and the rest of Florida. Some of the most common forms of workplace discrimination include the following:
- Age: If you are age 40 or older, you may find yourself eased out of a job. It is still age discrimination if you and your employer are both over 40.
- Race: Employers may not discriminate against individuals, or job applicants, because of their color or racial background. Protection against racial discrimination also extends to actions against you because of a spouse or partner who is of a certain racial profile.
- Religion: Unfair actions by an employer against a worker, applicant, or group of workers due to their religious beliefs or practices are illegal.
- Pregnancy: It is illegal to discriminate against a woman who is pregnant, gave birth, or has a medical condition related to pregnancy.
- Sex: Negative actions based on gender are discriminatory and can affect hiring, ability to advance, pay rates, assignments, and more.
- National origin: Consistently demeaning an employee or group of workers due to accent, ethnic background, or country of birth could be discrimination.
- Marital status: Marital discrimination occurs when you are denied employment, benefits, workplace flexibility, career advancement, or better pay due to your marital status.
- Disability: If you have or develop a disability, federal law protects you from discrimination concerning pay rates, training, benefits, hiring, and other criteria.
In addition to Florida law, applicants who identify themselves in these categories are protected by the federal U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) and other laws that prohibit discrimination, retaliation, and more.
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees are protected from retaliation when they file a formal complaint about their employer. Unfortunately, retaliation is still very much present in the workplace for some employees, and can take the form of the following actions:
- Denial of overtime;
- Unwarranted discipline, bad work evaluation, or demotion;
- Inconvenient change in shift or work location;
- Harassment; and
- Employment termination.
How Can a Labor and Employment Attorney in Fort Lauderdale Help You?
Not everyone is enthusiastic about going into work each day, but no one should ever feel afraid to enter their workplace as a result of harassment or discrimination. Our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale will fight to hold employers responsible for workplace harassment, discrimination, and other labor violations.
If you believe you are a victim of a labor and employment dispute, our team of attorneys at Morgan & Morgan may be able to help you recover compensation for loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today to learn more.