Discrimination in the workplace can take on many forms. You could be denied a job, passed over for promotion, not treated equally when it comes time for raises, held to different performance standards or verbally harassed. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), and other Federal statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employment decisions, including hiring, promotion and termination, cannot be based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability or prior EEO activity. In addition, it is unlawful to subject an employee to harassment, a hostile work environment or disparate treatment based on his or her membership in any of these protected classes. These workplace rights are also protected by the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA).
There is a specific process which must be followed for employment discrimination complaints, beginning with administrative filings. These filings must be done at a local agency responsible for enforcement of employment law, or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Only after taking these administrative steps, and having no action taken, may you file a claim in court.
Victims of workplace discrimination need an attorney who is empathetic, skilled, and cares about their future. Christopher Sharp represents employees throughout the State of Florida and has achieved favorable jury verdicts in state and federal court on discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases brought under Title VII, the FCRA, the ADA, the ADEA, 42 USC § 1981, 42 USC § 1983, the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). We are on your side; contact our offices and let us help you through this challenging process.