Florida employees are protected by a number of state and federal laws. These laws are complex, but basically they are in place to preserve the rights of workers and make sure they are safe, fairly compensated and treated equally.
Unfortunately, there are situations when an employer violates these laws to the detriment of the employee. If you are in this situation, you might feel as though there is nothing to be done or that it is too late to take action. However, before you resign yourself to this, you should remember you have the right -- and the duty -- to take action when you have been mistreated on the job.
Let's imagine a scenario where you have taken leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act.
When you return from leave, you learn that you have less-desirable position and your employer has decided to count the days you were gone against you. Not only are you returning to a lesser position, but you are also in danger of losing your job due to excessive absences. These actions are violations of the FMLA and can be grounds for legal action.
While you may feel tempted to just ignore the situation and move on, you should consider speaking up for a few reasons.
- You can have your job reinstated and/or receive compensation for damages.
- It can lead to an investigation that ultimately reveals occurrences of other violations.
- Your case could make it less likely for employers to mistreat employees in the future.
We understand many employees are not familiar with the employment laws that protect them and may not know which actions may be unlawful in specific situations. Rather than assume you aren't protected or there is nothing you can do, we encourage you to visit our law firm's website to learn more about your rights and legal options. To discuss your case in more detail, you can contact us for a free consultation.