Have you been fired from your job and want to speak to an attorney about your rights? You may have heard that Florida is an “at-will” state or a “right to work” state. What this means is that your employer generally can terminate your employment for any reason, and you won’t have a claim for wrongful termination. That is unless of course your employer’s decision to fire you was based on your race, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability. That is illegal, and if you believe you were fired because of your race, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability, you should speak to an attorney about your rights.
Maybe you were subjected to a hostile work environment based on your race, religion, gender, national origin, age, or disability. Maybe you suffered sexual harassment from a co-worker and your employer took no action to correct it, even after you reported it. What is a hostile work environment? Do you have a claim for sexual harassment? These are questions that an attorney can help you answer and help you determine if you have a claim. Often, the harassment has to be pervasive and frequent to constitute a hostile work environment. In practice, that means discussing your particular situation with an attorney to see about the strengths and weaknesses of your claim.
Timing is also crucial, as often you have to first file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within either 180 or 300 days of the harassment or being fired, or lose all rights. And once the EEOC has made its decision, you may only have 90 days to bring a lawsuit against your employer if that is appropriate.
Do not attempt to pursue your claim by yourself or without a competent attorney that can answer these questions. At Carpenter Gandhi, you can meet with an attorney for a free consultation to determine if you have a claim and if it’s worth pursuing. Give us a call.