It’s great if you can find a job you enjoy that pays you well and helps you feel fulfilled. Unfortunately, these dream jobs aren’t always easy to come by. Even if you get your dream job, it could be derailed because of a toxic work environment. Discrimination and bigotry at work can create a hostile working space, which might eventually lead to you being terminated for unjust reasons.
The Daytona Beach, FL law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau has worked on numerous employment law cases involving wrongful termination and employee discrimination. Let’s consider some of the basics of these kinds of cases and how an attorney can help.
Wrongful Termination Defined
Wrongful termination essentially means that you were fired from your job for illegal reasons. Given, many states including Florida have at-will employment laws, meaning that employees can be let go without advanced warning. However, there are laws that protect employees from harassment and discharge if they have been discriminated against.
Anti-discrimination laws help protect people from being the target of harassment, abuse, and other adverse actions on the basis of the person’s identity.
Sexual discrimination means showing favoritism or targeting someone for harassment on the basis of their gender. Whether a person is male, female, trans, or non-binary will generally not have a bearing on their job performance. Termination based on sexism should never be tolerated.
Racial discrimination refers to discrimination based on the color of one’s skin or ethnic background. A person’s culture and skin color should never be a determining factor on their value as an employee, let alone their worth as a person. Racism of all kinds cannot be acceptable in a workplace.
The way one chooses to worship and their religious practices should not be judged by an employer or fellow employees. Reasonable accommodations for religious holidays and practices can be made. Firing an employee over religion is a form of intolerance that the law does not tolerate.
Being young or old should not impact an employee’s standing in a company. If you are terminated because of your age, you may have been the victim of ageism, which its a form of discrimination.
Discrimination Over Sexuality
Your sexuality is your business, and it should be of no concern to your supervisors or co-workers. Since your sexual preference has no bearing on the work you do, any unfair treatment you receive on the basis of your sexuality is a form of discrimination.
Discrimination Because of Disability
Many companies can make accommodations for employees for physical and mental disabilities. Harassment over disabilities and termination over disabilities is an egregious form of discrimination.
Why You Should Speak with an Employer Law Attorney
If you have lost your job because of discrimination at your workplace, working with an attorney is one way that will allow you to hold your employers accountable for their actions. Our law firm can help you file a formal complaint to the proper federal/state groups, and will help determine a proper course of action.
No one deserves to be devalued for who they are, and businesses must respect their employees for being themselves. All that matters is that you do the job well, which is why we will fight diligently for you every step of the way.
Contact the Lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau
For more information about your legal rights an options following a case of workplace discrimination, be sure to contact an experienced workplace law attorney today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau are here to help. You can reach our Daytona Beach office by phone at (866) 610-0653.