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Clearwater Employment Law Attorneys

Clearwater Employment Lawyer

Many employment laws exist on the federal and state levels that aim to ensure workers are compensated fairly and are free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, too many employers in Florida violate these laws and workers suffer as a result. If your employer has violated an employment law, you have legal rights to recover for any financial losses or other pains you may have suffered.

Taking on an employer in a legal claim can be intimidating, however. Fortunately, the experienced employment attorneys at the Dolman Law Group are here to help anyone who believes their employment rights have been violated. We will evaluate your situation, advise you of your options, and stand up for your rights throughout the legal process. Please call our office at (727) 451-6900 for a free consultation if you believe you may have a case against your employer.

Wage and Hours/Overtime

Employees have the right to earn a minimum wage for their work under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)[1] and the Florida Minimum Wage Act.[2] The law requires that individuals in Florida are properly compensated for every hour they work at a rate of at least $8.05 per hour, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. All hours worked must be compensated, including time prepping or cleaning up a workstation, donning protective gear, and any other time that work is suffered or permitted. For example, if your employer requires that you arrive at work by 7:45 but you may not officially clock-in until 8:00, it is unlawful if they do not pay you for the additional 15 minutes you are required to be present.

In addition to paying a minimum wage, FLSA mandates that employers must compensate non-exempt employees one and a half times the regular hourly wage for all time worked over 40 hours in a week. There are several reasons, however, why you may not receive the proper overtime pay to which you are entitled, including:

  • Your employer wrongfully classifies you as a manager or another type of exempt employee;
  • Your employer is not aware of overtime requirements or misinterprets the law;
  • Your employer ignores overtime requirements to try to save money in hopes that employees will not be familiar with the laws.
  • No matter what the reason may be for a wage or hour violation, employees have the legal right to get paid the proper wage for all compensable time.

At the Dolman Law Group, we assist employees in obtaining the full amount they deserve by bringing a legal complaint against the employers or taking other necessary legal action. It is unlawful in Florida for an employer to retaliate against an employee for a wage or hour complaint, so you should not hesitate to discuss a possible case if you believe you having not been fully and properly paid for your work.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

In addition to wage and hour provisions, both federal and state laws protect Florida employees from unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. One of the most common types of unlawful workplace harassment is based on an individual’s sex. The following are some examples of behavior that may constitute unlawful sexual harassment:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Offensive or obscene gestures or jokes
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Comments regarding sexual activity or sexual preference
  • Sharing inappropriate images of a sexual nature
  • Comments on appearance, body, or clothing
  • Questioning a person on sexual behavior or history
  • Making sex a condition for employment decisions

Not only can the above behaviors be disturbing, but they often cause victims to feel helpless as if they have no choice but to tolerate the harassment. At the Dolman Law Group, we want you to know that you never have to simply accept unlawful sexual harassment at work. Instead, call our office to discuss your legal rights today.

Unlawful workplace discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,[3] the Florida Civil Rights Act and additional employment laws protect employees from discriminatory actions based on the following factors:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex, gender, or pregnancy
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Physical or mental disability (real or perceived)
  • Genetic information

Employers cannot base employment decisions on any of these factors, including hiring, promotions, demotions, job transfers, discipline, or termination. Employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations for employees based on needs related to religious beliefs or disabilities. Such accommodations may include allowing an employee to wear a headscarf despite a dress code prohibiting headwear or providing technology that assists with hearing or vision impairments. In addition to the above types of unlawful discrimination, employers are also prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an employee for military service under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).[4]

Anyone who believes they have suffered unlawful discrimination, retaliation, or wrongful termination at work should contact an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible to help you stand up for your legal rights.

Contact an experienced Clearwater employment lawyer for a free consultation today

If you believe that your employer has treated you unlawfully or unfairly in any way, you should never hesitate to consult with an experienced employment law attorney to discuss your situation. Employees should never have to deal with wage and hour violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or any other type of wrongful actions in the workplace. Victims of such actions have legal recourse under employment laws to receive compensation for their suffering.

Whether you want to file a claim with the state, file a lawsuit, or simply want to discuss your situation, the attorneys at the Dolman Law Group are here to help. Our legal team has extensive experience in all areas of employment law and are committed to holding employers accountable for violations of these laws. Consultations are free and we will not collect a fee unless you are able to recover in your case, so please call our office in Clearwater at (727) 451-6900 for help today.

[1]http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/
[2]http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0448/Sections/0448.110.html
[3]http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm
[4]http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statutes/titlevii.cfm