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Both State and Federal laws protect employees from being discriminated against in the workplace. The laws protecting employees from discrimination in the workplace are much broader than many people realize. While anti-discrimination laws do not require employers to make smart decisions in the workplace or even be nice to employees, they do require employers to treat employees equally regardless of their protected category.
It is unlawful for an employer to fail or refuse to hire, or even to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to compensation, promotion, advancement, discipline, suspension or the general terms conditions and privileges of employment based on their protected category.
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Types of Employment Discrimination in Regards to Protected Categories
Age Discrimination: Age discrimination involves treating an employee or applicant for employment differently based upon their age. Unless age restrictions have been specifically established through published specifications for a position, available to the public, the employing authority must give equal consideration to all applicants, regardless of age.
Gender Discrimination: Gender or sex discrimination involves treating an employee or applicant for employment differently because of his or her sex. The laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender equally protect both women and men from being discriminated against in the workplace based on their gender. Sexual Harassment is a form of gender discrimination. If you believe you are the victim of sexual harassment, we can help. You can view more information on this subject here.
Race Discrimination: Race discrimination involves treating an employee or applicant for employment differently because of the individual's race. Similarly, color discrimination refers to treating an employee or applicant for employment differently because of the color of their skin. Harassment on the basis of race is also illegal.
Pregnancy Discrimination: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to all aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment. If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer must treat her in the same way as it treats any other temporarily disabled employee. Under the PDA, an employer that grants temporarily disabled employees to take disability leave or leave without pay, must allow an employee who is temporarily disabled due to pregnancy to do the same. Pregnant employees may have additional rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, nursing mothers may also have the right to express milk in the workplace under a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Moreover, it is unlawful to harass a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth or any other medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Ethnicity/National Origin Discrimination: National origin discrimination happens when an employer treats an employee or applicant unfavorably because they are from a particular country or part of the world, due to their ethnicity or accent, or simply because they appear to be a certain ethnic background. National origin discrimination can also happen when an employer treats an employee or applicant unfavorably because they are married to a person of a certain national origin. Moreover, it is unlawful to harass a person because of his or her national origin.
Arrest/Conviction Record Discrimination: Florida law prohibits state and local agencies from denying someone a license, permit, or certificate to engage in a particular profession or industry based on a prior conviction, unless the conviction was for a felony or first-degree misdemeanor and is directly related to the type of work the person will do in that profession. The law provides special rules for certain drug offenses. However, beyond that, Florida does not have additional restrictions on performing background checks. With that said, it is necessary for job applicants to accurately disclose arrests and/or convictions on job applications where required.
Religious Discrimination: Religious discrimination involves treating an applicant or employee unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group. It is illegal to harass a person because of his or her religion.Florida Employment Lawyers Whittel & Melton - 866-608-5529
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, contact our expert employment lawyers at Whittel & Melton for the thorough and practical legal advice you need and deserve. Your initial consultation is free and we will conduct a detailed interview with you to find out exactly what happened and how we might be able to assist. We will discuss the legal options available to you and how we can successfully achieve your goals.
We proudly serve the entire state of Florida, including the following cities and surrounding areas of Brooksville, Spring Hill, Ocala, The Villages, Gainesville, Tampa, Brandon, New Port Richey, Dade City, Trinity, Inverness, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tavares, Leesburg, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Miami.
With great pride, we fight for our clients anywhere in the state of Florida, in both Federal and State court.
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Palm Beach County Discrimination Attorneys – Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Del Ray Beach Age, Race, Gender and Ethnicity Workplace Lawyer 561-367-8777
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