Florida Employment Law Attorneys
Rosenberg Law, P.A.’s team of employment law attorneys are well versed in the complexities of employment law, with extensive experience representing both sides of the employer / employee relationship. This can include issues such as hiring and firing, workplace safety, wages, discrimination, investigations, training, drafting of policies and procedures, litigation, agency representation at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and Florida Commission on Human Relations (“FCHR”) level, and much more. This experience gives us a unique perspective into the nuance of employment law issues.
Even in an “at-will” employment state like Florida, employers and their current and prospective employees both have very specific rights, protections and obligations under the law. Employees’ rights include the right not to be discriminated against or harassed based on their membership in a protected category, the right for reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability, and the right to be paid according to wage and hour requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers must be vigilant in keeping accurate records of hours worked, and ensuring current employees are not treated disparately due to a protected category. These proactive steps will ultimately save your business thousands of dollars in unnecessary lawsuits.
In addition to the federal laws that could provide additional protections or requirements, each state and municipality implement their own workplace laws. Generally speaking, the state of Florida is considered an employer-friendly state and has few laws that provide greater protections to employees than federal law. However, certain municipalities – Sarasota among them – do provide addition employee-protections. For instance, Sarasota treated sexual orientation as a protected category long before the federal Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County.
Florida protects employees from discrimination as required by all federal law, while also protecting employees from discrimination based on marital status. These federal and state discrimination laws apply to employers with at least 15 employees, but local ordinances can provide protections for employers of 1 to 14. You can rely on Rosenberg Law to help you stay compliant with all these laws.