Knowledgeable Florida Civil Rights Act Attorney Representing Pinellas & Hillsborough County Clients
The Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) expands upon the rights guaranteed under the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal employment laws. It is important to be aware of how Florida state laws differ from federal laws in relation to employment law violations.
The Differences Between the Florida Civil Rights Act & Federal Laws
- Company Size: Under federal law, an employer is defined as employing 20 or more people during any given year. In Florida, a company need only have 15 employees in order to be held to the strictest of employment laws.
- Individual Liability: Because of the necessary company size under federal law, some Florida employers may not be individually responsible for some statutes. That being said, the FCRA requires ALL employers to be liable for discrimination against persons seeking licenses, certificates, credentials, to pass an examination, or to become a member of a club, where those accomplishments are required in order to engage in a profession, occupation or trade.
- The FCRA does not define disability or handicap.
- The FCRA does address pregnancy.
- The FCRA discriminates against marital status, unlike federal laws.
The Importance of Consulting an Employment Attorney
As can be expected, it can be difficult to understand the full range of your rights when there are overlapping state and federal employment laws in place. Privileges employees can claim in other states may not be applicable here in Florida and vice versa. If you are grappling with a difficult employment law issue, you need to contact trusted employment lawyer Craig Berman. Mr. Berman has over 25 years of legal experience and can help you determine how to move forward.