Florida Employment Attorneys Helping to Create a Safe Work Environment for All
Florida’s laws are designed to protect both employers and employees from frivolous lawsuits and unfair treatment and labor practices.
RTRLAW’s Employment Division protects the interests of both employees and employers, ensuring a safe and productive work environment for all.
Due to the general nature of employer and employee relations, often the need arises to have disputes or lawsuits handled through the services of a qualified employment law attorney.
RTRLAW’s highly trained employment law attorneys have extensive experience handling legal issues for both employers and employees in Florida. Some of the most common legal issues that affect employees involve unpaid wage and overtime disputes, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination or retaliation cases, and illegal hiring practices, just to name a few. Employers often need employment law attorneys for a wide range of issues such as establishing company policies and employee handbooks that are compliant with state and federal laws.
If you need an attorney to solve an employment law dispute, be sure to contact RTRLAW today toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (1-833-447-3787) for a free, no-obligation case review or to set up a consultation with an attorney to find out your legal options.
How Do Florida Laws Protect Employees?
The workplace should be a safe place. Unfortunately, many employees in Florida are subjected to unfair and unlawful conditions during the course of their jobs.
Workers often don’t know what their rights are or may be afraid of speaking out for fear of retaliation. However, Florida labor laws provide employees with legal rights that employers must adhere to or risk facing an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC enforces employment laws and has the legal authority to file actions against employers. Additionally, if an employee alleges discrimination in the workplace, the Florida Commission on Human Relations also may investigate and take appropriate action based on their findings.
Florida employment rights include the right to apply for work without being discriminated against, the right to a fair wage and fair compensation, the right to a safe workplace free from discrimination and harassment, and the right to take unpaid medical leave in certain circumstances without risking one’s job or health benefits.
RTRLAW aggressively advocates for employees whose rights have been violated in the workplace.
Our experienced Employment Law attorneys seek to protect employees from the following:
- workplace discrimination,
- wrongful termination,
- as well as non-payment of wages and unpaid overtime.
RTRLAW’s employment law attorneys handle a variety of civil litigation cases involving illegal employment practices. If you believe you may have been the victim of unlawful treatment in the workplace, please contact us immediately, or call or text us toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (1-833-447-3787)!
What Should Florida Employers Do to Protect Themselves?
Florida employers should always strive to be aware of employment laws to protect themselves and their employees. However, if an employee brings a lawsuit, an employer cannot state they were unaware of the law that was violated.
For this reason, employers must keep themselves well-informed of any potential changes to employment laws and how these changes can affect the workplace.
Therefore, there are several steps an employer can take to ensure they protect themselves from potential legal action.
One of the workplace practices employers should use is to provide vital information to employees regarding workplace rules and procedures.
Business owners and employers should always have an employee handbook in place with a set of company policies. These policies should include detailed information on how employees should file reports relating to on-the-job injuries, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and other workplace disputes.
Have your employees sign off on these policies, acknowledging that they have read and understand the terms.
If you do not have an employee handbook, you may expose your company to lawsuits, as referenced above.
It is essential for employers to create a safe environment and for employees to feel secure while at work. If you are an employer still needing clarification about employment law and how to protect your business and employees, contact RTRLAW immediately.
Our experienced employment law attorneys can advise you of your rights and review your business practices to show you the weak points that could potentially lead to an employee filing a lawsuit, advise how to correct those weaknesses, and protect your business.
Let RTRLAW’s experienced and qualified employment law attorneys craft an employee handbook that complies with state and federal law and the policies that meet your specific business’s needs. RTRLAW has seven offices throughout Florida and our attorneys can meet with you at one of those offices or by phone or video conference to make it easier for you to get the legal help and guidance you need.
Additionally, if your business has proprietary or intellectual property, you have several ways to protect interests and guard against the misappropriation of trade secrets. These choices include non-disclosure and non-compete agreements and confidentiality clauses.
What Are Some Important Florida Labor Laws that Employers and Employees Need to Be Aware Of?
Florida’s labor laws are designed to protect both businesses and their employees. It’s really in everyone’s best interests to acquaint themselves with these laws to know their rights should an employment issue arise.
Although many Florida employment laws can be complex and difficult to navigate on your own with an attorney to advise you, everyone should have a general understanding of the following laws:
- Florida law permits employers to run pre-employment background checks and drug testing.
- Florida law strictly prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who qualify for protected classes. In addition, state and federal laws protect employees from being discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or marital status.
- Employers may not retaliate against whistleblowers.
- Employers must adhere to state laws that regulate child labor and minimum wage requirements.
- Florida law prohibits smoking in the workplace.
- Employees are permitted to carry a firearm in a privately owned motor vehicle while on employer property.
- Florida employment law regulates employee pay and benefits. These laws also dictate employee rights concerning the payment of wages, wage deductions, and health care benefits.
- Florida law allows eligible employees to take time off work for jury duty, military leave, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Employers must comply with Florida laws regarding an employee’s final pay and how they may respond to job reference inquiries.
It’s vitally important that both employers and employees understand their rights. If you feel your rights have been violated at the workplace or you’re an employer who wants to ensure compliance with the law, contact RTRLAW today for a free, no-obligation consultation or schedule a consultation with an attorney. Our knowledgeable employment attorneys will be happy to answer your questions and advise you of your legal options.
RTRLAW’s employment law attorneys protect and fight for our clients’ legal rights in Florida. Contact us or call 1-833-HIRE-RTR (1-833-447-3787) for more information today.
How Can RTRLAW Help Me with Discrimination in the Workplace Issues?
The employment attorneys of RTRLAW are passionately committed to protecting employee rights, including the right not to be harassed or discriminated against at work.
If you’re an employee who has experienced discrimination in the workplace, follow these steps to protect yourself and your legal rights.
RTRLAW’s employment attorneys can advise you of your rights and guide you on how to follow your company’s procedures, such as filing a sexual harassment report, and what you can do if you do not feel satisfied with the outcome.
Additionally, if you’re an employer, it is always in your best interests to have an employment attorney on your side who can ensure that you remain compliant with federal and state workplace procedures and informed about state or federal employment law changes.
RTRLAW’s experienced employment attorneys are available to meet with you in person at one of our seven convenient offices in Florida, including:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Lake Worth
RTRLAW’s highly experienced employment attorneys will fight to protect our clients’ legal rights.
Since our founding in 1988, RTRLAW has represented tens of thousands of clients and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation and settlements. Our attorneys fight hard to protect our clients’ legal rights and help them get the compensation they deserve.
For more information, a free, no-obligation case review, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced employment law attorneys, CHAT WITH US NOW, or contact us call or text us 24 hours a day, seven days a week toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (1-833-447-3787), or email [email protected].