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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.

When is a firing considered wrongful termination?

Florida is an at-will employment state, which means employers have the right to fire workers for many different reasons without breaking any laws. However, that does not mean that it is legal every time an employer fires an employee. There are times when a firing is wrongful termination, and this is illegal. Employees who were wrongfully terminated have the right to take legal action against their former employers.

Wrongful termination is grounds for legal action

There are times when an employer may respond inappropriately when an employee exercises his or her rights, such as filing a workers' compensation claim or reporting harassment in the workplace. One of these inappropriate actions includes firing that employee without a legitimate reason. Wrongful termination is inexcusable, and it could be grounds for a Florida employee to take legal action.

Former police force employee alleges wrongful termination

A woman who worked for the University of South Florida's police force has filed a lawsuit against her former employer. She claims she was fired because of wrongful termination and issues that include disability discrimination, racial discrimination and gender discrimination. She claims the police chief on campus acted inappropriately toward her and others while she worked as a spokesperson for USF's force. He was the one who eventually fired her. 

Is calling in sick grounds for termination?

Workers in Florida have certain rights, including the right to take time off when sick and work in an environment that is free from harassment and mistreatment. In most cases, calling in sick is not grounds for termination, but one employee says this was the reason why her employer fired her. She worked at a toll plaza, and she claims she was fired via text message on the same day she was unable to work due to illness.

Pursuing a wrongful termination claim against an employer

When an employee loses a job without a valid reason, for illegal reasons or because he or she chose to do the right thing, it can be devastating. Wrongful termination is illegal and reprehensible, and it can be grounds for a civil claim against a Florida employer. This type of firing often happens for reasons connected to discrimination, harassment or retaliation. 

Former manager sues Amazon over discrimination claims

Workers in Florida and across the U.S. are legally protected from on-the-job discrimination and retaliation. However, many employers still attempt to engage in such activities. For example, a former Amazon manager is suing the online retail giant for allegedly making her discriminate against job applicants and then firing her when she protested.

A fired worker may have a cause of action

In the perfect world, employers and employees would work harmoniously together for their shared interests. In reality, however, there is often conflict between the two, which often leaves the worker with little choice: comply or find another job. One of the reasons Florida employers wield so much power is because most Florida workers are considered at-will, meaning they can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. But that power to terminate is not without limits.

Woman is awarded back pay for wrongful termination

A bus driver in Gainesville, Florida, was awarded her job back in addition to three years worth of back pay. The woman was terminated by her employer in 2015 after acts that were deemed to be immoral and had a negative impact on the community. In both instances, the woman claimed that she was defending herself against passengers who had become physically aggressive with her.

Help for employees: 3 different types of wrongful termination

Employment law attorneys understand that wrongful termination is a confusing concept. Some employer actions that do not seem wrongful are, in fact, illegal, while other behaviors that seem horrible are actually not against the law. If something felt amiss about your dismissal from your job, then you should speak to an attorney about whether you have a wrongful termination case on your hands.

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