Miami, Florida Wrongful Termination Lawyers and Law Firm
Understanding The Grounds For Challenging Termination
The wrongful termination lawyers in Miami, Florida at the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales help employees who believe they have been wrongfully terminated. We also assist employers who are facing lawsuits due to an employee’s wrongful termination claim. Losing your job can be a tremendous blow. It can impede your chosen career path and jeopardize your financial stability. The job loss can be particularly difficult if it was motivated by improper or illegal reasons. But employers also have the right to fire at-will workers at any time. Employers facing claims of wrongful termination from at-will workers they legally fired may also need to protect themselves from wrongful termination claims.
In Florida, most employment is at-will. This means either party may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for almost any reason. However, the law places some limits on employers’ ability to terminate employees.
While there is technically no legal action called a “wrongful termination claim” under Florida law, you can bring a lawsuit if your employer fired or terminated you for illegal reasons. What are some types of wrongful termination claims?
- Employment discrimination: If you lost your job as a result of discrimination on the basis of certain protected grounds — such as race, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age — you could be entitled to financial recovery or reinstatement.
- Sexual harassment: Ongoing sexual harassment can make it difficult to function in your job. If you quit or lost your job due to sexual harassment, you could have grounds for a lawsuit.
- Retaliation: Were you fired or demoted in retaliation for reporting your employer’s illegal or unethical conduct? If so, you may be able to pursue significant financial recovery or reinstatement under various state and federal whistleblower laws.
- Contract-related protections: Some employment contracts provide that your employment can only be terminated for just cause. If your employer fired you for no reason — or terminated your employment for reasons that do not amount to just cause — you may be able to pursue a breach of contract claim.
Each circumstance is different. Every situation presents its own set of challenges and options. Given the complexity of these claims, it is important to consult with a lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law. Contact the wrongful termination lawyers in Miami, Florida at the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales today to learn more.
Get Dedicated Representation from a Board-Certified Expert in Employment and Labor Law
At the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, P.A., we focus exclusively on employment and labor law. Our primary attorney is certified as an expert in these areas by The Florida Bar, a prestigious distinction that few Florida lawyers hold. As a former administrative law judge and trial lawyer for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Mr. Costales has decades of experience handling the legal issues that arise in wrongful termination situations. He provides proactive and tenacious representation in protecting clients’ rights.
Our firm also represents employers facing allegations of wrongful termination. Our principal attorney has experience representing employers spanning a broad range of industries, including Fortune 500 companies. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or are facing a wrongful termination claim from an employee, time is of the essence. Reach out to the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, a wrongful termination law firm in Miami, Florida.
Fired in Miami, Florida? Situations Where it May Be Wrongful Termination
In most cases, employment in Miami, Florida is employment that is at-will meaning that employers can generally fire workers for no reason or for any reason. But, if you were fired in certain circumstances, you may be able to bring forth a case for wrongful termination. What are these circumstances? Here are a few situations where your termination could potentially be considered wrongful:
- If you believed you were fired due to your race, sex (including gender identity or sexual orientation), pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability, or genetic information, you may have the right to make a claim for wrongful termination. Proving such a claim can sometimes be challenging, but if you revealed your gender identity, revealed that you were pregnant, or became disabled and then lost your job, a wrongful termination lawyer in Miami, Florida at the Law Offices of Gary A. Costales may be able to help you.
- If you reported sexual harassment, discrimination, or other violation of your rights on the job and were fired after making such a report, you may potentially be able to make a claim for wrongful termination. If you reported an employer’s wrongdoing, and were fired, you may also be able to make a claim for wrongful termination. Another situation where workers can sometimes face retaliation is when they seek damages for unpaid overtime. If you were fired after demanding overtime pay, you may also potentially have a wrongful termination claim. The wrongful termination lawyer in Miami, Florida at Law Offices of Gary A. Costales may be able to help you if you were fired after reporting harassment, discrimination, or wrongdoing.
- Making a Worker’s Compensation Claim or Taking Leave. If you are entitled to FMLA or worker’s compensation and file a claim or take your leave, and are fired for doing so, this might also be cause to file a wrongful termination claim. The wrongful termination lawyer in Miami, Florida at Law Offices of Gary A. Costales may be able to help you with your case.
- Breach of contract. If you were fired in breach of a contract you had with an employer, you may also have the right to file a wrongful termination claim. The Miami, Florida wrongful termination lawyers at Law Offices of Gary A. Costales may be able to help you.
Proving wrongful termination can sometimes be difficult. If you were fired and believe your termination was discriminatory, retaliatory, in breach of contract, or because you made a worker’s compensation or FMLA claim, you may have the right to seek damages under the law. Reach out to the wrongful termination lawyer in Miami, Florida at Law Offices of Gary A. Costales today. Our attorneys can review your case, provide you an honest assessment, and guide you on the next steps.
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