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Florida state law prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion and physical capability (i.e. disability). If you have recently been victimized at work, contact the effective, compassionate employment law attorneys at Thompson & Thomas, P.A. immediately.
Discrimination Based on Race and/or Ethnicity
Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of race and/or ethnicity. Titles VI and VII state that failure to hire or discharge any individual based on his or her race and/or ethnicity — including any and all unfair treatment regarding compensation, conditions and the privileges of employment — are strictly prohibited and punishable in state and federal court.
Titles VI and VII also prohibit employers from limiting, segregating or otherwise classifying employees in a manner that deprives them of employment opportunities, or negatively impacts their work environment in any way on the basis of race and/or ethnicity.
Because of 1963’s Equal Pay Act, employers may not discriminate on the basis of an employee’s gender in regards to paying wages. Furthermore, employees of different genders may not be denied equal compensation for performing equal work in the same workplace. Keep in mind, however, that gender discrimination does not solely apply to the issue of fair compensation. Also prohibited are discriminatory actions pertaining to hiring, firing, bonuses, promotions, benefits and/or training opportunities.
The U.S. government banned age-based discrimination by passing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Simply defined, this Act protects employees over the age of 40 from discriminatory actions in the workplace. Florida employers are barred from hiring or discharging employees based solely on their age, nor are they allowed to offer various levels of compensation and/or benefits based on the age of their employees. Additionally, Florida employers are prohibited from refusing to refer employees on the basis of age.
The Americans with Disabilities Act bars employers from engaging in discriminatory practices against otherwise capable individuals based solely on their suffering from a physical disability. In other words, Florida employers may not deny aid, benefits, compensation and/or services based solely on an employee’s disability, nor may they offer different compensation on the basis of an employee’s disability. Florida businesses are also barred from creating hiring criteria that specifically singles out Florida residents with disabilities. Florida corporations must also provide programs and/or services that meet state-sanctioned guidelines for assisting those with disabilities.
Discrimination on the Basis of Religion
Florida employers must accommodate the religious practices of their employees unless doing so would pose an undue hardship for the business. The Civil Rights Act protects employees from any and all forms of intimidation, abuse, insults and/or offensive language on the basis of an employee’s religious beliefs. In other words, Florida employers are barred from engaging in discriminatory actions on the basis of religious affiliation, physical or cultural traits, religious participation and/or association.