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Can employees file a discrimination complaint in Florida?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Employment Law For Employers |

Complaints regarding discriminative employment practices may damage a company’s reputation. As an employer, fostering an inclusive work environment is crucial. It helps keep workers engaged and reduces the risk of facing discrimination complaints.

Under state law, discriminating against an employee based on their race, gender or religion is illegal. This offense is an unlawful employment practice. Residents who experience bias at work can initiate a case with the proper authorities.

What groups are protected from discrimination

It is illegal to discriminate against pregnant applicants or employees. You cannot demote women or force them to switch jobs because they get pregnant. They can report your firm for unlawful termination if you fired them for the same reason.

Employers in the state also cannot force older employees to retire early. Moreover, they cannot fire older individuals when downsizing just because of their age.

Florida law also protects staff from retaliatory actions by their companies if they report actual or suspected misconduct.

Those who experience this practice at work are entitled to compensatory and punitive damages. They may file their complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). The organization helps enforce civil rights regulations in the state.

Protect your business from discrimination allegations

Despite your efforts to promote an inclusive work culture, some individuals may complain of unfair treatment.

You should take measures to help protect your company from accusations of bias. Implementing fair and inclusive policies may help reduce the risk of discrimination claims.

If an employee accuses your business of discriminatory practices, you may consider legal action to defend your firm and reputation. Learning how to handle these complaints may help protect yourself and your business.