Our Discrimination Law Firm Advocates for the Rights of Florida Workers
Fighting discriminatory practices that target age, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and disabilities in West Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties
Your employer should judge you on your abilities and accomplishments. Making an employment decision based on your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy or disability is not just wrong — it is illegal. Since starting to practice law almost 30 years ago, our attorney at Pfeffer & Associates has witnessed many positive changes in the workplace, but we continue to encounter daily incidents involving discrimination and harassment.
We can help you fight for fairness in your workplace. Depending on your case, we may demand you be given your old job back, be promoted to the position you earned or recover reimbursement of wages, benefits and other damages.
Federal and Florida civil rights
The Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 expressly grants individuals freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or marital status. The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent federal legislation expands the list of protected classes further to include genetic information and pregnancy. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also explicitly states that sex-based protections apply to people who do not conform to gender stereotypes or who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
What is employment discrimination in Florida?
No economic classes and no industries are immune from discrimination. In fact, our law firm has represented Wall Street brokers, doctors, sod farmers, chefs, salespeople and workers engaged in a variety of other professions. Our clients reflect the cross section of the United States in gender, nationality and jobs. We bring our claims based on federal and Florida statutes that prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of:
- Age — The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects workers over the age of 40 from discrimination.
- Gender — The Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act prohibit unfair pay, sexual harassment, unwanted sexual advances and other discriminatory conduct.
- Sexual orientation — Although the laws do not expressly hold sexual orientation to be a protected class, claims may be brought under the laws prohibiting sex-based discrimination.
- Pregnancy — The Pregnancy Discrimination Act expands the rights of women to fair treatment in the workplace during their pregnancies.
- Race — The landmark Civil Rights Act forbids race discrimination in employment, housing and education.
- Disabilities — People living with disabilities have important rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Filing a discrimination claim
Discrimination claims are generally complex, with many claims taking more than two years to resolve. Our law firm seeks to resolve your case with minimal stress to you and with a focus on a successful outcome. We guide you through each step of the process, including:
- Reporting the offensive or wrongful conduct to your employer
- Collecting and preserving important evidence to prove that your harassment, termination, demotion, wage discrepancy or other adverse employment situation or environment resulted from discrimination
- Filing your claim in the Florida or the federal system, depending on which course of action can produce better and quicker results
- Taking decisive steps to move your case forward through the judicial system
Learn more about how our Jupiter, FL firm can assist you in your discrimination claim
Consult with our firm to learn more about your rights to work in a discrimination-free environment. Call Pfeffer & Associates at 561-745-8011 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Because we believe that workers have the right to pursue employment justice, our law firm handles discrimination and harassment claims on a contingency fee basis.