Gainesville Florida Wrongful Termination Lawyers
In Florida, most employment is considered at-will. At-will employment means that your employer can terminate you at any time for any reason or no reason at all, as long as it is not a discriminatory reason. However, there are some exceptions. If you believe your employer has violated your rights and laid you off or fired you for an illegal reason, you should speak with a knowledgeable employment law attorney right away. Being an at-will employee does not mean you do not have legal rights.
At Avera & Smith, we understand how upsetting it is to lose your job. Our employment law attorney, Rod Smith, has spent years helping individuals in Gainesville and throughout Florida get the compensation they deserve. Service is at the heart of all that we do. Let us help you. To schedule an appointment with our wrongful termination attorney, call us toll free at 800-292-5562 or complete our online contact form.
Information About Wrongful Dismissal In Florida
Rod Smith, our Gainesville, Florida wrongful termination lawyer is an experienced litigator. He has successfully helped many individuals sue their employers or negotiate settlements for wrongfully terminating employees. You may have grounds to sue your employer if you were fired based on the following exceptions to at-will employment:
- Discriminatory reasons — Your employer may not terminate you based on your race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap or marital status.
- Employee handbook policy — Employers frequently distribute employee handbooks. These handbooks may contain disciplinary provisions or other language that could limit an employer’s right to terminate an employee. Every employee handbook is different with its own unique clauses. The only way to determine if your termination was improper is by reviewing the handbook itself.
- Retaliation, qui tam or whistleblower actions — Your employer may not terminate you for exercising your Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights, reporting sexual harassment or discrimination, or participating in an investigation of your employer’s practice. Federal qui tam laws and the Florida Whistle-blower’s Act provide protection against reporting fraudulent or illegal activities of your employer.
- Public policy grounds — Your employer cannot terminate you for responding to a subpoena, going on jury duty or for refusing to commit an illegal act.
- Contract terms — Employees who are not at-will are generally hired by contract. The employment agreement contains provisions that govern your employment, including the length of time you will be employed and termination provisions. If your employer fires you before the end of your contract, it must provide adequate cause for your termination