Employment At-Will In Florida: What Does It Mean?
The vast majority of employment in the state of Florida is presumed to be “at will,” which means that at any time, 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. Our lawyers at the Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A., in Boynton Beach, have the experience and knowledge that your case needs, and we provide the personalized attention and advocacy you deserve.
There Are Limits To Employer Freedoms With At-Will Employment
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 or reporting illegal conduct, discrimination, harassment or wage and hour violations.
- Certain employment contracts: If you have a custom employment contract with your employer, it may have changed your employment status from that of “at-will” employment to an enforcement agreement.
Employers must also follow their own internal policies, practices and procedures regarding termination.
Work With Attorneys Who Will Fight For Your Rights
If you believe that you have a claim or you want to learn more about “at-will” employment in the state of Florida and how it may impact you, contact our firm online or call 561-560-5597 to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer. We are located in Boynton Beach and serve clients statewide.