The goal of the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) of 1992 is to create a state free of discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, nationality, age, disability, or sexual orientation. By preserving personal self-esteem, the state is able to extract maximum productivity from civilians, protect itself against domestic conflict and unrest, and maintain public security, health, and overall wellbeing. It also allows for the promotion of interests, rights, and benefits of individuals across the state. The Florida Civil Rights Act is patterned after Title VII, but has several significant differences that offer varying protections and options for victims of discrimination.
If you have reason to believe that you have been discriminated against in your employment, do not hesitate to contact an Orlando employment attorney. To learn about your legal rights and options, simply fill out our free, no-obligation consultation form.
Damages Under the Florida Civil Rights Act
Depending on the type and circumstances of discrimination, in any civil action brought under this section, the court may issue an order prohibiting the discriminatory practice and providing affirmative relief from the effects of the practice, including back pay. The court may also award compensatory damages, including, but not limited to, damages for mental anguish, loss of dignity, any other intangible injuries, and punitive damages. While punitive damages are capped at $100,000, the FCRA does not cap compensatory damages for emotional trauma or pain and suffering.
Do you believe that you may have been discriminated against in your job or while applying for a job because of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages resulting from this discrimination. To receive a free consultation from an Orlando labor and employment attorney, do not hesitate to fill out our no-obligation, no-risk case review form.