Florida Employment Discrimination and Wage & Hour Resources
Below are links to resources and information regarding employment discrimination and wage and hour issues in Florida. These links may help you find information or support in evaluating a claim or dealing with Florida labor and employment matters. If you have an employment discrimination claim in the Fort Lauderdale area, or a wage and hour issue in Florida, contact Robert S. Norell at 954-617-6017 for a no-cost evaluation of your case.
- Florida Commission on Human Relations – FCHR is the state agency charged with enforcing Florida employment discrimination laws. These laws protect covered workers from discrimination in employment based on their race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex/gender or marital status.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – A multitude of federal laws protect individuals from discrimination based on a host of different protected characteristics, and the EEOC is the main federal agency charged with investigating complaints of workplace discrimination. Laws enforced by the EEOC include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Equal Pay Act. These laws protect workers from discrimination based on factors such as race/color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex and the improper use of genetic information. Employment discrimination also includes charges of sexual harassment.
- U.S. Department of Labor – The nation’s minimum wage and overtime laws are enforced by the Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor. Other labor and employment laws enforced by DOL include the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and aspects of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Protections for Whistleblowers and Protection against Retaliation
Workers who report injuries or safety violations are protected from retaliation through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower protection programs. Florida state employees who blow the whistle have protections under the Florida Whistle-Blower Act. Workers are also protected from retaliation for filing an employment discrimination complaint with the EEOC or for cooperating with an EEOC investigation.