Florida Employment At-Will Exceptions

What Is At-Will Employment?

The vast majority of employment in the state of Florida is presumed to be "at will," which means that either the employer or the employee may terminate the employment for any reason or no reason at all. This leads many employees to believe that, even when employers are acting based on discrimination or harassment, there is nothing that they can do to assert their rights.

The law does recognize, however, several exceptions to "at-will" employment. Employers cannot fire employees for reasons that are illegal. If you have questions, or if you believe you have been terminated illegally by your employer, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. The Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A., in Boca Raton, has the experience that your case deserves.

Where At-Will Employment Doesn't Stand

There are three main circumstances where "at-will" employment does not apply:

  • Wrongful termination: An employer may not fire an employee for an unlawful reason such as discrimination on the basis of age, race, sexual orientation or other protected attributes.
  • Retaliation: An employer may not fire an employee for filing a claim of workers' compensation, taking family leave or maternity leave, reporting illegal conduct or for reporting discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour violations.
  • Employment contract: If you have an employment contract with your employer, it may have changed employment status from that of   "at-will" employment to an enforcement agreement.

Employers must also follow its own internal policies, practices and procedures regarding termination.

Contact Us For More Information

Learn more about "at-will" employment in the state of Florida and how it may impact you. If you believe that you have a claim, contact our firm to schedule a free, initial consultation with a lawyer. Speak with attorney William Julien and take advantage of your rights.