Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Florida and Georgia
Is your employer treating you differently because you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or have recently given birth? You may have a right to legal recourse. Call our team at The Leach Firm, P.A., at 844-722-7567 or contact us online for a free case evaluation by a pregnancy discrimination lawyer in Florida and Georgia.
Pregnancy Discrimination Laws
As a pregnant employee or job applicant, you have a right to equal treatment as other employees or applicants under both state and federal law.
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978: This federal law protects you against workplace discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions in any workplace with 15 or more employees.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993: Under the FMLA, you can take as many as 12 weeks of unpaid leave every 12 months for maternity leave, childbirth, recovery from childbirth, and related medical needs or to care for your children. To qualify for FMLA leave, you typically must have worked at your company for at least 1,250 hours within 12 months or more. Eligible employers are those with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius of the worksite.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990: If you develop a disability due to pregnancy, you may be covered under the ADA, which prohibits discrimination based on disability.
- Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992: This state law provides extra protection not included in federal legislation. Like the PDA, these provisions apply to employers who employ 15 or more workers.
Examples of Pregnancy Discrimination
Pregnancy-related discrimination comes in many forms. Employers may discriminate against you for being pregnant by:
- Refusing to hire you
- Demoting you or refusing to promote you
- Providing you with lower compensation
- Failing to award you fringe benefits like leave and health insurance
- Failing to give you similar job titles or assignments as other employees
- Failing to provide training to allow you to catch up after pregnancy or maternity leave
- Forcing you to change jobs when you become pregnant or after giving birth
- Firing or laying you off
- Harassing you because you are pregnant
- Not providing reasonable job accommodations for pregnancy-related complications or impairments
- Retaliating against you for filing a pregnancy discrimination complaint or claim
If you believe you may be a victim of discrimination, contact our law firm to speak with a pregnancy discrimination lawyer in Florida and Georgia.
How a Pregnancy Discrimination Attorney Can Help
A pregnancy discrimination attorney can assist you by:
- Explaining your rights under federal and state law
- Assessing whether you have a discrimination case
- Initiating legal action on your behalf and representing you in court and before other institutions
- Handling all aspects of your claim or complaint
Speak to a Pregnancy Discrimination Lawyer in Florida and Georgia
At The Leach Firm, P.A., our employment law attorneys have helped pregnant employees stop discriminating treatment or seek compensation since 2004. Call 844-722-7567 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation by a pregnancy discrimination lawyer in Florida and Georgia.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Termination
A wrongful termination can fill you with confusion. Many of the individuals who reach out to us bring similar questions and concerns. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about wrongful termination include:
1. What is considered wrongful termination in Florida and Georgia?
Florida and Georgia share many of the same rules regarding termination. Employers may not terminate the employment of any individual due to factors protected by discrimination laws or for exercising their rights as employees, such as by reporting discrimination, making a worker’s compensation claim, or confronting a company about unpaid overtime or incorrect employee categorization. These are just a few of the many reasons that an employer is not permitted to fire someone. If you have been let go due to reasons such as these, you may have been wrongfully terminated.
2. Do employees have any rights in Florida and Georgia?
Employees in Florida and Georgia have a large number of rights in the workplace. These include the right to work while pregnant and not to be discriminated against on the basis of age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, color, national origin, or disability. Employees who make worker’s compensation claims, take leave due to sickness or family concerns, or even testify against the employer in court cannot be terminated for these actions.
3. Can I sue for being wrongfully terminated?
If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, you may pursue legal action against your employer. It is important that you gather as much evidence as possible, such as data indicating that all individuals of a certain nationality were fired while the rest of the employees were only warned. The specifics of each individual situation will vary greatly. Even if you cannot directly prove that an illegal action occurred during your termination, an employment lawyer may successfully persuade your employer to agree to a settlement in order to resolve the conflict.
4. Is it hard to prove wrongful termination?
Proving wrongful termination can be a particular challenge due to the fact that most employment is at-will. Employers are permitted to fire anyone at any time, even if their performance is satisfactory. This means that if a termination is challenged, an employer will likely cite a justifiable reason, such as unwillingness to be part of a team or being too slow to learn, in order to avoid legal trouble. Be sure to collect as much evidence as possible if you believe that you were terminated wrongfully.
5. How long do you have to file a wrongful termination lawsuit in Florida and Georgia?
In Florida, employees typically have 180 days from the date that the discriminatory or wrongful act occurred to file a lawsuit. In Georgia, the wording of the statute of limitations is slightly different; employees have 180 days from the date in which the party learned of the discrimination. In many cases, the date the employee learned about the discrimination and the date it occurred will be the same.
6. How long do wrongful termination cases take?
Just as a wrongful termination lawsuit settlement varies depending upon the details of the case, so too does the length of time that the case will take. Employers who are willing to settle in order to avoid conflict will typically resolve a case quickly. However, those who fight the charge may take the case to court, which can result in a longer time period due to discovery and other phases of the litigation process. Your attorney can provide a clearer understanding of how long you can expect your individual case to take.
Proven Legal Solutions from an Experienced Attorney
If your employer has provided you with a written contract or any other type of statement that guarantees your job security, then our attorney will fight for you and work to build a solid case. When your termination results in a breach of contract, the odds of receiving compensation increase substantially.
We strive to reach the most agreeable resolution possible for your specific case to ensure that you’ll receive the representation you deserve for your case.
Our Lawyer is Here to Represent Your Legal Rights
In cases where the agreement regarding your continuing employment with your employer was not written and was only implied or spoken, the grey legal area can be difficult to navigate. Fortunately, our lawyer knows how to approach such challenging situations. We fully dedicate all our attention to offering you the aggressive legal representation you need against unfair dismissal. By taking into account all of the unique factors involved with your case, we are able to properly determine the best course of action for your legal situation.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your termination, our attorney may be able to prove that your employer has violated certain state or federal standards. We work by your side to achieve a fair result that works for you and never charge any fees unless we recover the compensation you deserve. Se Habla Español.
Whether you are in need of a wrongful termination attorney or any type of employment discrimination lawyer, we offer sound legal guidance for the representation you deserve. Contact our employment law attorney today at (844) 722-7567 to schedule a free consultation. We provide legal service to clients in Florida and Georgia.