Wrongful Termination Lawyers Miami
Protecting Employees in Miami and throughout South Florida
The term wrongful termination refers to the dismissal of an employee for reasons prohibited by law including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. An employee can also be unlawfully terminated for other reasons, such as being terminated based on breach of an employment contract, making reports of wrongdoing that fall under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, and other local and state laws that protect individuals from unlawful acts in the workplace.
Like many other states, Florida is an “at-will employment” state, meaning, employers are permitted to fire employees for almost any reason or for no reason at all, as long as the firing does not violate the law or public policy.
Quite often, employers terminate their employees who complain or object to discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or the Florida Civil Rights Act. For instance, both Title VII or the Florida Civil Rights Act prohibit employers with over 15 employees from discriminating against and retaliating against applicants or employees for engaging in “protected activity.” Because businesses are subject to these laws, employers cannot terminate one’s employment under certain circumstances. Moreover, employers are not permitted to fire employees who complained to the appropriate regulatory agencies—like the EEOC and Florida Commission on Human Relations—about discrimination, wage and hour violations, or working condition issues.
Thus, even if you live in an at-will state—like Florida—you may have a strong wrongful termination suit if you can show that your unlawful firing was in retaliation for you making complaints of unlawful acts. Employees who can prove wrongful or retaliatory termination may be entitled to back wages and even punitive damages.
However, it is important to note that both federal and Florida employment law includes a number of exceptions and requirements. As such, it is important to consult with an experienced Florida employment attorney who can clarify your options and possible legal remedies. The wrongful termination attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group can help you.
If you feel you have been the victim of a wrongful termination or you are being retaliated against for any reason at your job in Miami or South Florida, call the wrongful termination attorneys at the Derek Smith Law Group today at 1-305-946-1884 or complete the contact us form on our website for a free consultation. Our Miami wrongful termination attorneys can help evaluate your rights given the unique circumstances of your case under federal and Florida law. We represent clients is Wrongful termination cases in South Florida and throughout the state of Florida, in addition to representing employees in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia.
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Our Florida office is located in downtown Miami and serve individuals and employees throughout Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County, Orange County, in Orlando, Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Gainesville, and locally in Miami, Miami Beach, Brickell, South Miami, Miami Lakes, North Miami, North Miami Beach, South Beach, Coral Gables, Aventura, Kendall, Doral, Hialeah, Florida Keys, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, Coral Springs, Pompano, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Palm Bay, and, Florida.
Derek Smith is not yet admitted to practice law in Florida. His Partner, Andrew Alitowski, Esq. is admitted to practice law in Florida and runs the Miami office. Additionally, Kelly O’Connell is admitted to practice law in Florida and also operates out of the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC Miami office. Derek Smith is sitting for the July Florida Bar exam and hopes to be admitted in Florida shortly.