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Florida Wrongful Termination

Florida is what's known as an at-will employment state. That means unless you have an employment contract or union collective bargaining agreement, your employer can dismiss you from your job at any time for almost any reason. But if a company terminates you for an illegal reason or in violation of an existing contract, it's known as a wrongful termination or wrongful dismissal. You have a limited period of time to take legal action against your employer, and a wrongful termination attorney can help you do so.

When Is it Illegal to Terminate an Employee?

Wrongful termination in itself isn't against the law. It is, however, illegal to fire an employee for discriminatory reasons. Under federal and Florida law, a company cannot terminate an employee based on the employee's:

  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Age (for workers aged 40 and older)
  • Disability
  • Race and skin color
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy
  • National origin
  • Genetic information

It is also illegal to fire an employee in retaliation for filing a discrimination claim.

If you've been wrongfully terminated for reasons related to discrimination, your wrongful termination lawyer will file a claim on your behalf with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. You have 365 days from the day the discrimination occurred to file a claim. Depending on the outcome of that investigation, you may be given permission to file a civil lawsuit against your former employer in Florida courts.

If you were terminated in violation of a written employment contract, then your employment attorney or wrongful termination lawyer doesn't need to file a claim with a government agency. Instead, you'll have to file a breach of contract lawsuit against the company in civil court. Your lawyer can guide you through the process.

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