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Employer violations may mean workers face wrongful termination

Having a job can offer many opportunities for Florida residents. It can allow them to develop skills useful to their position and to grow professionally, and it can allow them to generate an income so that they can pay for their needs and those of their families. As a result, when a person unexpectedly loses a job, it can be devastating. If the situation arises due to wrongful termination, it can seem even more harrowing.

Employers often have the ability to legally terminate a worker for various reasons. Unfortunately, wrongful termination happens to many good employees when employers violate the law. If their reasons violate the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the employer may have unjustly fired a worker.

Specifically, these laws may be broken if an employer dismisses workers for reasons based on discriminatory views (such as for race, age or religion), for exercising their legal rights (such as for taking leave under the FMLA), or for filing a report about safety hazards at work, for example. An illegal termination could also take place if a worker is fired after refusing to carry out illegal actions at the request of the employer. It is also important to note that a termination could be illegal if it violates the terms of an employment contract.

Wrongful termination can leave workers in a difficult position. However, if they believe that their employers unjustly dismissed them from their jobs, they could have reason to pursue legal recourse. Filing lawsuits against employers suspected of this type of illegal firing could allow affected Florida workers to pursue compensation for damages resulting from the situation.

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