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Wrongful Termination in Miami

A woman in Broward County is suing her former employer for wrongful termination and retaliation. Sherrice Charles alleges her employer, Florida Home-Improvement Associates Inc., violated

Wrongful Termination in Miami

the Private Sector Whistleblower Act. Charles claims she objected to the company’s practice of running credit checks on customers without their consent or knowledge. Her complaint came just one day after she began working for the company.

Charles asked to be transferred to another department, only to be terminated shortly thereafter. Charles claims that the company failed to comply with Florida law by terminating her after she reported illegal conduct and refused to participate in it. A jury trial is being sought, along with damages totaling to more than $15,000. The company argues that there was no wrongful termination involved due to Florida’s at-will employment laws.

Does Wrongful Termination Exist in Florida?

Generally speaking, claims of wrongful termination do not exist in Florida because it is an at-will employment state. This means that employers can discipline, promote, hire, fire and demote employees for any reason – or no reason at all.

That being said, the Sunshine State nonetheless falls under federal laws for wrongful termination based on any of the following:

  • Discrimination based on race, national origin, disability, marital status, color, race, age, sex, pregnancy or religion (assuming the company has 15 or more employees)
  • Objecting to or reporting such discrimination
  • Objecting to or refusing to participate in an illegal activity, harassment or discrimination (whistleblower protections)
  • Making a claim for worker’s compensation
  • Taking medical leave due to disability, sickness, death of a family member or a grave medical condition of a family member
  • Objecting to not being paid overtime or other types of wages
  • Testifying, under subpoena, against an employer
  • Breach of contract
  • Age (being over the age of 40)
  • Pregnancy


The Cost of Wrongful Termination Claims

Employment claims are often the most costly, time-consuming claims a business will face. In 2010, there were nearly 100,000 EEOC charges filed in Florida. And over the past five years, a whopping six out of ten employers have faced at least one employee lawsuit. What’s more, the EEOC secures more than $400 million dollars annually from employers.

The average out-of-court settlement in a wrongful termination settlement is close to $40,000, and nearly one-tenth of all wrongful termination or discrimination cases will settle for close to a million dollars. These figures should send a message to employers that discrimination and wrongful termination claims should be taken seriously.


Have You Been Wrongfully Terminated?

If you believe that you have been the victim of wrongful termination or discrimination, it is important to seek legal counsel. A Miami employment lawyer can review your case and help you choose the legal path that is right for you. Employers who discriminate against employees or who fire their workers illegally, can – and should – be held accountable. Contact the Law Office of Keith M. Stern, P.A. today at (888) 315-8771 for a free consultation.