Your Title VII and Florida Law Protections
The Florida Civil Human Rights Act offers the most comprehensive state-level protection against discrimination. It dictates that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status.”
In addition to state level protections, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers all employers in the private sector, state and local governments, and education institutions. It prohibits many types of racial discrimination which can occur in all areas of the workplace, such as:
- Job classification
- Job assignments
All terms and conditions of employment should be equally available to all employees and applicants, regardless of race. For example, if you are the top salesman in your company but are moved to a less desirable territory because it is a minority neighborhood while an employee of a different race with less experience is given your territory, this decision can be considered racial discrimination.
Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination
The laws governing racial discrimination cover a wide range of potential issues. In addition to protections for individuals of different races, Title VII also prohibits bias based on your association with someone of a different race. If you are married to an individual of a different race or are involved in any association or group generally associated with a minority group, your rights are covered under Title VII protections.
With the help of a qualified racial discrimination attorney from Chanfrau & Chanfrau, you can pursue remedial actions.
Harassment based on race is also considered racial discrimination. Racial harassment can take many forms, including racial slurs, offensive or derogatory remarks, and displaying racially-offensive symbols. Any actions that create an offensive or hostile work environment can be considered racial discrimination.
Hire an Advocate
Because the burden of proof falls on the individual who instigates the suit and because employers have teams of attorneys on retainer to protect the company from lawsuits, successfully winning discrimination cases against your workplace can be difficult. However, with the help of a qualified racial discrimination attorney from Chanfrau & Chanfrau, you can pursue remedial actions, which may include:
- Back pay
- Front pay
In some cases, you can even seek punitive damages to punish the employer for their unfair and illegal behaviors.
Fighting for You
At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we are willing to take on large corporations to defend your rights. Call our office in Daytona at (866) 610-0653 or in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with our team.