Florida Rural Legal Services

Keep records describing any situation at work that you think is discriminatory with the dates these situations occurred.

Talk to someone with authority within the company about the problem.

Complain to the Florida Commission on Human Relations, which is the Florida agency which investigates these kinds of employment disputes, or to the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission, which is the federal agency which investigates these disputes. The United States Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel also helps with certain types of discrimination claims. 

What to do if you believe you are a victim of employment discrimination?

1.   Firing or denying work to a person because of their skin color;

2.   Assigning less desirable work to someone because of their gender;

3.   Offering different terms of employment to some workers because of their age.

Examples of illegal discrimination at work include:

Discrimination in your employment is illegal and FRLS advocates can help your file a charge of discrimination or even a lawsuit against your employer.

Although Florida is an employment at will state.  Employment at will means that you can be fired or “laid off” for any reason, but employers may not fire, “lay off” or treat individuals differently because of:

  • Skin Color
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • National Origin
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Native Language
  • Accent or because they are perceived as looking or sounding foreign
  • Their citizenship or immigration status
  • They have filed a complaint cooperated with a government investigation or asserted their rights
  • They have children