Florida Employment Lawyer
Our team of experienced employment lawyers works for employees throughout Orlando who have had their rights violated in some way. As an employee, you have certain rights, like the right to a harassment-free workplace environment and the right to earn at least Florida’s minimum hourly wage.
Sometimes, employment issues can be handled within your organization. In other cases, resolving the issue you are facing requires filing a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Sometimes, a case can be settled outside of court and in other cases, you need to file a lawsuit to have the court rule on your case. In every one of these situations, an experienced Florida employment lawyer can be your advocate by working on your behalf to seek a favorable resolution for your case.
Case Types we Handle
We work with clients who have faced a variety of rights violations in the workplace. They include:
- Sexual harassment. Sexual harassment comes in many forms, from subjecting an employee to inappropriate conversations and images to offering preferential treatment in exchange for sexual contact. Sexual harassment is never acceptable and can derail a victim’s career;
- Wage and hour violations. There is more to wage and hour law than requiring that employees are paid at least the state minimum wage. Misclassifying employees as independent contractors, requiring employee to work through unpaid break times, and denying employees the overtime compensation they earn are all wage and hour violations;
- When an employee is treated unfairly because of his or her status in a protected class, like his or her race or gender, the employee is a victim of workplace discrimination; and
- Wrongful termination. Firing an employee for an illegal reason, like for joining a union, is a wrongful termination.
Federal versus State Employment Law
The Fair Labor Standards Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are two prominent federal laws that govern employee rights in the United States. In many states, Florida included, there are also state-level laws that provide additional employee protections and rights. A state law cannot provide a lower level of employee protection than federal law; it can only exceed it.
One example of this is Florida’s minimum wage. Federally, the current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. In Florida, it is $8.25 per hour. In certain cities, there are even city-wide employee protections in place. An example of this is that federally, sexual orientation is not a protected class. But in many Florida cities, Orlando included, it is.
Work with an Experienced Florida Employment Lawyer
If you have faced discrimination, wage disputes, or any similar issue with your employer, you have the right to take legal action with the aid of an experienced employment lawyer. To get started with a member of our team, contact DSK Law today to set up your initial consultation in one of our offices.