Federal and Florida laws make discrimination in the workplace illegal. Employment discrimination occurs when an employer intentionally treats an employee or job applicant less favorably based on that person’s age, race/color, disability, genetic information, marital status, national origin, religion, pregnancy or sex/gender. The law prohibits discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training and any other term or condition of employment.
What does workplace discrimination look like?
Workplace discrimination can take many different forms. Typically discrimination occurs when an employee is denied a job, denied a promotion, receives adverse employment action, is treated worse or is disciplined or discharged because of his or her race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or religion. Discrimination can also occur unintentionally when an employer’s job practices, such as a test or reduction in force, disproportionately affects individuals in a protected class.
Because employers rarely, if ever, admit a discriminatory reason for their actions, case law allows an employee to show discrimination just by showing he or she was treated worse under the same circumstances as a co-worker.
Employees who believe that they have been discriminated against must act quickly to protect their rights. If you feel you may have been discriminated against, call Thompson Legal Center at 813.769.3900.