Miami, FL– Have you been sexually harassed? Did your report it to human resources only to soon be fired? If you answered yes to those two questions, you aren’t alone. Thousands of men and women in workplaces across the U.S. are sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated for speaking up. That’s unfortunate, but there is an avenue you can explore to get justice for being sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated by a co-worker or your employer.
Florida is an “at-will” employment state which means an employer in the state doesn’t have to have a reason to fire you and won’t face legal liability for terminating your employment, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Employers are not required to show just cause if they terminate your employment, but that doesn’t mean they can use termination as a means of punishing you for reporting sexual harassment or workplace discrimination.
One of the instances in when firing an employee would be considered illegal is if it was done to retaliate against an employee who filed a formal sexual harassment complaint. Retaliation can be a range of punishing behaviors including demotion, a pay cut and denial of benefits. Sometimes coworkers can retaliate by being malicious, starting rumors or stirring up trouble. Either way, employers have a legal obligation to protect their employees from a hostile work environment.
Sometimes it’s obvious your employer is retaliating, sometimes it isn’t. If you suspect your employer is retaliating against you reporting sexual harassment, speak to a supervisor and inform them of your suspicions. You have the right to ask questions about your employment and any actions your employer has taken against you. If they are unable to justify their actions, your next move should be to contact one of our sexual harassment lawyers to determine if you should pursue civil action.
When you suspect you were wrongfully terminated for a sexual harassment complaint, you must be able to show a connection between the harassment and your termination. Proving retaliation can be difficult but a task one of the seasoned employment lawyers at USAttorneys is ready to tackle. Our team of attorneys know how to build a body of evidence that proves your claim and ensures you obtain the compensation you deserve for tolerating a hostile work environment.
Since sexual harassment and retaliation cases are always one person’s word against another’s, so victims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination need a legal professional working on their case. It will take the expertise to link your sexual harassment with your wrongful termination. If you live in Miami, USAttorneys can help you find a sexual harassment lawyer near your location to work on your case and recover the settlement you deserve. Contact one of our attorneys today and learn what steps you should take next.