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Workplace Discrimination

Have you or a loved one faced workplace discrimination due to race, national origin, gender, age, disability, or pregnancy?

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, from unfair hiring processes to harassment. 

Our Florida attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help you stand up for your rights.

Your Rights Are Protected By State and Federal Law


On the state level, discrimination is prohibited by the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA). On the federal level, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes many forms of employment discrimination unlawful. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that was part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. Even in an at-will state like Florida, the EEOC protects employees from all forms of discrimination. 

Have You Been Unfairly Treated in the Workplace? Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau, Attorneys at Law

If you were wrongfully discriminated against in your workplace or potential place of employment, you need to contact a licensed workplace discrimination attorney. To stand up for your rights and get the compensation you are owed, you must collect and present compelling evidence that proves wrongdoing on the part of an employer. Hiring an attorney, like the team at our Florida-based law firm, is the surest way to accomplish this.

Contact our law firm to request your consultation. Our offices in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast serve Port Orange, Holly Hill, Flagler Beach, and the surrounding communities

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The Types Of Employment Discrimination

The first step in making an employment discrimination claim is to identify the type of discrimination that took place.


Employees age 40 years or older are protected by federal law from unfair treatment at work based on their age.


Workers and applicants are entitled to equal treatment and equal employment opportunities regardless of gender. 


It is unlawful for employers to promote one worker over another or set salaries for the same position at different rates based on race. 


An expecting mother is entitled to the same benefits and considerations as every other worker or applicant.


The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination toward workers with physical disabilities. Employers are also required to provide ADA access to their facilities.


Discrimination on the job for holding certain religious beliefs is unlawful. These beliefs can include what is generally considered traditional religions as well as other belief systems.

National Origin

It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee who is legally permitted to work in the U.S. based on their country of origin.

Sexual Orientation

It is unlawful for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Genetic Information

An employee or applicant's genetic predisposition may make them more likely to require costly health care. Discrimination based on genetic information is grounds for legal action.

Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated? You Still Have Rights

Although Florida is an "at will" employment state, an employer cannot legally terminate you for reasons related to your race, age, gender, pregnancy status, and more. The law protects employees from discrimination, and if you are let go for discriminatory reasons, Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help you file suit for wrongful termination.

A Closer Look at Gender Discrimination

Under both federal and Florida state law, it is illegal for an employer to treat employees or applicants inequitably due to their gender or sex. 
Any actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment can be considered gender discrimination.
Any actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment can be considered gender discrimination.

Who it Affects

These laws are in place to protect people of any gender, however, women are the most common targets of gender discrimination within the workplace.


If you have applied for a promotion and discover you were passed over for an employee of different gender with less experience or training, this may be enough for you to pursue an employment discrimination case.

Sexual Harassment

You are also protected against sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment can take many forms, such as unwelcome advances and requests for sexual favors. 

Seeking Quality Representation? Contact Our Daytona Beach-Area Offices

Our family of attorneys, W. M. Chanfrau, Sr., William Chanfrau, Jr., and Kelly Chanfrau, has served Florida for over 40 years. Our clients are our priority. We will fight for you and your rights to get you the compensation you are owed. We are well-established within Daytona Beach, Holly Hill, DeLand, Bunnell, Ormond Beach, and other surrounding Florida beach communities. We have the resources to provide and retain investigators to help gather evidence and support your case.

For dedicated representation that fights for you and your employment rights, contact our Florida law firm.

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A Deeper Look at Racial Discrimination Knowing Your Rights to a Safe and Fair Work Environment

Under the Florida Civil Rights Act it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate on the basis of race.

Employment laws governing racial discrimination cover a wide range of potential issues. Knowing your rights and how you are protected will help you know when to hire an attorney to get the compensation you are owed. Below are some forms of racial discrimination that can earn you restitution under state and federal employment laws.

Derogatory Remarks

You should hire an attorney if you have been the target of race-related derogatory remarks within the workplace. 

Unequal Pay

You could be entitled to compensation if you are being underpaid because of your race.

Racially Offensive Symbols

Contact our attorneys if someone in your workplace is displaying racially offensive symbols that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.


It is unlawful for you to be discriminated against if you are married to a person of a different race or are involved in any association or group generally associated with a minority group.


Being physically segregated from employees of a different race or excluded from activities that involve customer interaction when workers of another race are included are forms of racial discrimination.

Two Classes of Racial Discrimination Disparate Treatment vs. Disparate Impact Discrimination

Woman receiving disparate treatment from employer

Disparate Treatment

This alleges that an employer singled you out and treated you differently than others in similar positions due to your race. Your employer could discriminate on physical characteristics like skin color, hair texture, facial features, or any other traits associated with your race.

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Disparate Impact Discrimination

This form of racial discrimination occurs when an employer's neutral policies impact you disproportionately due to your race. This could include banning hairstyles like cornrow braids or dreadlocks. This form of discrimination can make the employee feel less welcome.

Have You Faced Racial Harassment? Here Are the Steps You Should Take To Build Your Case

When you hire one of our Florida attorneys, we will work tirelessly to build your case and fight for your rights. Below are some steps you can take to aid the process.


Tell the harasser the conduct is unwelcome and it must stop. You can do this verbally, in writing, or through your actions.


Report the harasser to your supervisor, HR department, or employer as soon as possible. This will hold the employer legally responsible for the offender's conduct. 


Take notes about exactly what happened and be as specific as possible. Include the date, time, place, and witness names for each incident. Ask any witnesses to also document what happened in writing.


Keep all records you've written, copies of any formal complaints you filed with your company, as well as all copies of work reviews so your harasser cannot defend their actions by attacking your job performance. 

Chanfrau & Chanfrau Fights for You We Protect Your Rights

Our employment discrimination attorneys work to collect the maximum level of compensation for your discrimination case. We understand the emotional, financial, and mental toll dealing with workplace discrimination can bring. We are in your corner to help make the process as stress-free as possible and still get you a justified outcome. Our Florida law firm represents clients in DeLand, New Smyrna, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Holly Hill, Flagler, and beyond. Contact us today if you need quality legal representation.

Pregnant Women Have Rights In the Florida Workplace

Every woman is entitled to equal opportunity in the workplace, including women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects the rights of pregnant workers so they can receive fair and equal treatment at their place of employment, and the Florida Civil Rights Act was amended to prohibit employers from discriminating based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. You could be entitled to compensation if you have experienced:

Wrongful Termination

If you were fired because your employer felt you could not complete your job due to your pregnancy, or because they are concerned about your health during pregnancy, you could be entitled to compensation.


You could have a workplace discrimination case if you have been subject to derogatory comments, threats, insults, or offensive jokes due to your pregnancy.

Missed Opportunity

You could have an employment discrimination case if you were passed up for a promotion or were not hired due to your pregnancy. 

Unsatisfactory Work Environment

It is unlawful for an employer to force an employee to change jobs or take time off due to her pregnancy. It is also unlawful for them to not provide reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

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