St. Petersburg Labor & Employment Lawyer
Sadly, millions of Americans face on-the-job sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination every year. Our lawyers provide legal assistance to clients who have had their employment rights violated by their employers, and seek justice in the form of financial compensation, relocation, re-hiring, and other means. Additionally, we help our clients with issues such as wage and hour disputes (including unpaid final paycheck), unpaid overtime, and denial of disability benefits. No matter your need, the St. Petersburg labor & employment lawyers of Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian can provide immediate assistance at 1-800-227-2275.
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful for an employer “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” If you have experienced any of the following types of abuse or mistreatment by your employer, contact us today.
- Sexual harassment;
- Race, age, religion, disability, gender, or pregnancy discrimination;
- Wrongful termination; and
- Wage and hour disputes.
Your Rights as an Employee in Florida are Protected by Federal and State Law
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that investigates workers’ rights violations and takes action against employers accordingly. Additionally, Florida employees are protected by the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), which forbids workplace discrimination based on race, color, disability, age, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, and marital status. In order to file a complaint with the FCHR, the alleged discrimination must have occurred within the last 365 days. However, it is often necessary to seek legal counsel in addition to filing an official complaint with the EEOC federal commission or the FCHR state commission. If you have faced discrimination based on a protected trait, call us today for assistance.
St. Petersburg Sexual Harassment
There are two types of workplace sexual harassment. The first is considered a hostile work environment, in which there is any unwanted physical contact or psychological or emotional abuse that causes significant damage to an employee’s ability to perform their work. The second form of abuse is quid pro quo, which means giving something, often sexual favors, in return for work-related rewards such as promotions, higher pay, or more desirable projects. Employers who engage in quid pro quo relationships often do so with a force of their power over their employees.
Most employers have the right to terminate an employee at any time for any reason, unless that employee has a signed employee contract that specifically outlines the terms of their termination. Additionally, wrongful termination can also occur if the employer fired an employee based on a protected characteristic.
Wage and Hour Disputes
In Florida, workers must be paid the state minimum wage, and when they work more than 40 hours per week at a single job, they must be paid overtime, which counts as time and a half pay. If your employer has refused to compensate your accordingly, contact us immediately. For any workplace rights violations, call the St. Petersburg labor & employment lawyers of Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian today at 1-800-227-2275. We are prepared to assist you immediately.