Employment Law Attorneys in Tampa

The Tampa employment law attorney team at Jack Bernstein, Personal Injury Attorneys, represents people who are treated unfairly by their employers. If you are an individual or group that suffered discrimination, unpaid wages or other illegal treatment, we’re here to help. You may deserve monetary compensation and other relief.

Our employment law legal experts can handle the case on your behalf and take all of the steps in the claims process. Contact our Tampa personal injury attorneys at (813) 333-6666 today for a free case evaluation.

Do I Need an Employment Law Attorney?

You need an employment law attorney if you want to claim compensation when you’re the subject of an illegal action on the part of your employer. You may also need an employment law attorney if you have questions about the employer’s actions and whether your rights have been violated. 

An employment law attorney assists you with investigating your claim, taking the procedural steps to pursue it, building the evidence in your favor and developing a winning legal strategy. Ultimately, an employment law attorney helps you fight back against illegal employment practices.

How Can a Tampa Employment Lawyer Help Me?

Filing an employment law case can be complex. It may be necessary to make a report to the Florida Commission on Human Relations to file an investigation. As Tampa employment law lawyers, our focus is to help make workplaces better in our community. A legal action can hold the employer accountable, result in positive changes and encourage other employers to make the right choices.

A Tampa employment lawyer works to maximize your compensation and case results, minimize the burden of the legal system and help you understand the process. We’re your team of attorneys who work for justice on your behalf.

Florida Employment Laws

Florida employment laws come from a variety of sources. However, Florida Statutes Chapter 448 – General Labor Regulations, is the bulk of Florida employment law. Some of the specific laws state the following:

  • A workday is 10 hours long. Unless there’s a contract that says otherwise, workers are entitled to overtime pay for work beyond 10 hours in a day (448.01).
  • Wage discrimination based on sex is prohibited (448.07).
  • The court may award attorney fees to the prevailing party in an unpaid wage action (448.08).
  • Minimum wage laws apply in the State of Florida (448.109).

 

Other Florida employment laws cover topics like:

  • The hiring process; medical testing during the hiring process
  • Child labor and the employment of minors
  • Employing non-American citizens
  • Overtime pay
  • Working on holidays
  • Garnishments of wages
  • Insurance benefits
  • Workplace safety and OSHA oversight
  • Smoking in the workplace
  • Seat requirements for employees who work standing up
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Discrimination based on age, disability, marital status, sex, religion and other factors
  • Missing work to serve on a jury
  • Military service
  • Athletes representing the United States internationally
  • Voting
  • Workers’ compensation

 

Any of these topics may be the subject of an employment law claim. If an employer doesn’t follow the law, you may suffer damages, and your rights may be infringed upon. The employer’s actions may give you the right to file a legal claim. Our Tampa employment law attorneys help people like you assert their rights and pursue legal action in the best possible way.

Discrimination in the Workplace Lawsuits in Tampa, FL

Discrimination in the workplace is, unfortunately, a common topic in employment law. The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) prohibits discrimination in employment based on a protected class. There are federal laws that provide similar protections. A person who is the subject of discrimination in the workplace may sue for compensatory damages, including mental anguish. They may also claim punitive damages up to $100,000.

 

There are several protected classes, including race, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sex and age. Proving discrimination in the workplace in Florida is often fact-dependent. In other words, what happened, who said what and who did what can all be critically important. As your Tampa employment law attorneys, we work diligently to gather this information. We demand evidence and speak to uncooperative witnesses. We work to tell your story and prove how discrimination occurred.

 

Discrimination in the workplace can be very upsetting to victims. It’s also illegal. We’re serious about helping you take action. Discrimination may also include harassment, sexual harassment, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

Is Florida an At-Will Employment State?

Yes, Florida is an at-will employment state. Generally, that means an employer can terminate an employment relationship without cause. However, that doesn’t give the employer free rein to fire workers in all situations.

 

There are still some reasons that firing someone may be illegal, such as discrimination or retaliation for a protected act. While Florida is an at-will state, the law is not without limitations that protect workers from employers’ unlawful actions.

Unpaid Wage Claims

Additionally, a Tampa employment lawsuit may be based on unpaid wages. Unpaid wages may include:

 

  • Hourly pay
  • Commissions
  • Overtime
  • Bonuses
  • Working off the clock
  • Unemployment
  • Retention payments

 

Contact our team if you think that you have not been paid the wages that you deserve. We are ready to fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.

Breach of Employment Contract Claims

Breach of employment contract claims may involve many different issues. It’s essential to look at what the contract says and whether those terms are legal and enforceable. Breach of contract terms may include:

 

  • Termination before the period of employment ends
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Trade secrets
  • Severance and separation agreements
  • Compensation disputes

Our attorneys have experience handling breach of employment contract claims and offer free case evaluations.

Free Consultation With Our Tampa Employment Law Attorneys

Contact us for your free consultation with our Tampa employment law attorneys. We have a staff of more than 40 members with available resources to meet your legal needs. Our founder, Jack G. Bernstein, personally oversees your case and assigns the right team of attorneys for the issues present. Call today for an in-person or virtual consultation with no cost and no obligation. See how we can help you fight for justice in your employment law claim.

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