Employment Rights in Broward County
Fighting to Protect Your Rights in Florida, Colorado & Illinois
Various state and federal laws protect the labor rights of employees in all industries across the country. When business owners or large corporations violate these rights, you are entitled to take legal action.
At USA Employment Lawyers, our lawyers based in Broward County represent clients throughout the state of Florida, as well as across Colorado and Illinois. Whether your employer has failed to pay you the minimum wage or overtime, or you have been the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination, we can help.
We offer creative, personalized legal strategies tailored to your unique goals. From there, our employment lawyers work to achieve a swift, favorable resolution on your behalf. We are prepared to serve as your aggressive advocate, both in and out of the courtroom.
Browse our various practice areas to learn more about how we can help you, or get in touch with our legal team to discuss the specifics of your case.
What Are My Basic Employee Rights?
Every individual in the United States has rights as an employee. The Ham Commission Report established the three basic rights for workers. These include:
• Right to Know: Workers are required to be aware of the risks that are associated with people, equipment, materials, the environment, and processes at their workplace.
• Right to Participate: Employees have the right to ask questions about the risk to their health or that of a coworker. They can also report unsafe working environments to their supervisor or employer.
• Right to Refuse Unsafe Work: Employees have the right to refuse to do work that they believe will put them in danger or a coworker.
If you believe you were denied these rights in a workplace, please do not hesitate to reach out to USA Employment Lawyers- Jordan Richards, PLLC. We are here to help you get the result you deserve, give us a call today to go over your case and to schedule a consultation with our skilled employment law attorney.
Employee Wage & Hour Rights
The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), originally passed by Congress in 1938, requires employers throughout the United States to pay minimum wage and further protects employees who work over 40 hours a week. The FLSA allows employees to sue a business and its owner when they are not being paid minimum wage or overtime. If you believe you have not been paid minimum wage or overtime, it is important to hire an experienced employment lawyer who can help you recover all of your lost wages.
If you are a tipped employee, your employer must notify you that your tips are being counted toward minimum wage. Your employer is still required to pay you the equivalent of minimum wage each hour, and they are required to keep track of all of the hours that you work.
It is against the law for your employer to fire you or demote you if you complain to your boss or sue your employer for not being paid minimum wage or overtime. The law provides employees with protection, allowing you to continue working for your employer even if you have sued them for not paying minimum wage or overtime.
Understanding Workplace Discrimination
In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. Under Title VII, employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees on the basis of their race, gender, age, national origin, or religion. Employers are also not allowed to create hostile work environments for employees on the basis of their race, gender, age, national origin, or religion, and cannot fire an employee on the basis of any of those categories.
Workplace sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that falls under the protection of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual advances, comments, unwelcome touching, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal and non-verbal sexual actions that either explicitly or implicitly affects the victim’s employment or work performance or that creates a hostile work environment.
What Is Employment At Will?
Many people have heard that Florida, like many other states, is an employment-at-will state. What this means is that businesses can terminate you for any reason, with limited exceptions. One of these exceptions is when you have a reasonable expectation of continued employment. For instance, in Florida, educators, including tenured college professors, are entitled to such reasonable expectation of continued employment. In such a situation, an employer must provide you with due process under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution prior to terminating or suspending your employment.
If you believe your rights have been violated, please contact us today to learn more about what you can do to vindicate your rights.
How Our Firm Can Help You
At USA Employment Lawyers, we assist employees with a wide variety of employment law disputes, including wage and hour issues, retaliation claims, sexual harassment and discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues, whistleblower claims, non-compete agreements, and unlawful termination. We also represent businesses and employers against federally-protected employment claims.
Our employment attorneys based in Broward County have extensive experience navigating this complex area of law. We understand just what is at stake, which is why we work to achieve fast, favorable outcomes for each and every one of our clients.