Employment Law Claims For Florida Workers
Workers who have been shortchanged in pay or otherwise had their legal rights violated on the job can struggle to fight back on their own. Having an experienced attorney representing you greatly improves your chances of getting rightful compensation, repairing your career and otherwise setting things right again. At Burnett Law, P.A., we offer employees in Florida dedicated and knowledgeable employment law representation. We will work with you directly to assert your rights and hold your current or former employer accountable.
Wage And Hour Claims
An employee may have a wage and hour claim for many different reasons. Some of the most common reasons why such claims arise include the following:
- An employer forces the employee to work off the clock
- An employer does not pay the minimum wage
- The employer refuses to pay overtime when the employee works more than 40 hours in a week
- An employer has intentionally misclassified an employee as an independent contractor or exempt employee to avoid paying fair wages
These are just a few of the reasons why claims of this nature may arise but there are many others. Florida has strict guidelines regarding when a lawsuit regarding wage and hour claims must be filed, so please do not hesitate to contact us. If you have questions about wage and hour issues, our employment lawyers are available to help.
Our employment attorneys can discuss the applicable laws with you that govern unpaid overtime issues. For example, the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay employees at a rate of 1.5 times their normal rate for the hours that they work in excess of 40 hours during the workweek. There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule, so it is important that our attorneys meet with you to discuss your case.
Both state and federal laws prevent discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Florida Civil Human Rights Act of 1992 all play important roles in determining what behavior is allowed and what behavior is not allowed in the workplace. An employment discrimination claim may arise in some of the following circumstances:
- An employee is passed over for a promotion based on a protected characteristic
- An employee is subjected to a hostile work environment that is based on a protected characteristic
- Employees of a protected group are disproportionately affected by an employment policy
One of the areas of practice that our employment attorneys from Burnett Law, P.A., handle is sexual harassment claims. This type of claim can arise when an employee is pressured into a sexual relationship with another employee or manager, or when he or she is subjected to a hostile work environment that an average person would not be able to tolerate. We will sit down with you free of charge to discuss the viability of your claim.
Given the dynamic work environment of today, businesses sometimes seek to protect their trade secrets by issuing noncompete agreements with their employees. However, not all noncompete agreements are enforceable and it is often difficult to determine when one has violated a noncompete agreement. The attorneys at Burnett Law, P.A., will sit down with you and discuss your case with you at a FREE CONSULTATION.
Hostile Work Environment
Hostile work environment cases come in many forms. From inappropriate racial or sexual comments to unwanted touching, this form of discrimination is illegal both under federal and Florida law. There is no bright-line rule as to when a series of comments transfers the work environment into a “hostile” one under the law. The attorneys at Burnett Law, P.A., can help you navigate your case through the administrative process and through litigation, if necessary.