Equal Opportunity Employment in Florida
Florida and federal laws require an equal opportunity workplace. The Law Offices of Ena T. Diaz, P.A. works with businesses and employees to ensure that they are providing and working in an equal opportunity workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has federal authority to investigate discrimination claims based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information brought against employers that hire 15 or more employees.
The Miami EEOC is the district EEOC office working with employees filing claims in the Miami area. It has various units for employment discrimination claims, such as an enforcement unit which conducts investigations, a unit that hears cases, a mediation unit that conducts mediations and a legal unit that litigates on behalf of employees or job applicants, either individually or in class action lawsuits.
Employee and employer representation in discrimination claims
Before employees can pursue a lawsuit against an employer, they must file a claim with the EEOC and/or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (“FCHR”). Attorney Ena T. Diaz, who has 17 years of employment law focus in the courtroom, works with clients throughout all phases of their employment claims ― filing or defending a complaint of discrimination filed with the federal or state agency, appearing at hearings, litigating discrimination claims or negotiating an amicable settlement. Ms. Diaz is an effective negotiator as an advocate for her clients. As a certified mediator, she also appreciates the value of reaching an agreed upon resolution before extensive litigation and getting to trial.
Employer equal opportunity compliance
The EEOC Miami works in conjunction with the (FCHR) to investigate discrimination claims. The Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”) prohibits an employer from discriminating against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or marital status.
Florida anti-discrimination laws also prohibit employers from discriminating based on AIDS/HIV and sickle cell trait.
Employees who prove a violation of federal and state anti-discrimination laws may recover damages, such as back pay, compensatory damages and in certain situations, punitive damages.
Businesses have certain requirements under Florida and federal employment law, such as posting notices that describe anti-discrimination laws. The Law Offices of Ena T. Diaz can help you ensure your business does not indicate any preferences on job postings, discourage applicants based on protected class characteristics or violate the discrimination laws in the workplace. Anti-discrimination practices extend throughout all aspects of business, including the following:
- Application and hiring
- Job referrals
- Work assignments
- Disciplinary actions
- Job termination
- Employment references
- Disability accommodations
- Employment contracts
- Training and apprenticeship programs
- Dress codes
- Hiring interviews
Consult a Miami employment lawyer for legal help with discrimination claims
An experienced employment lawyer can make a difference in equal employment opportunity issues, whether representing employees or employers. Contact the Law Offices of Ena T. Diaz, P.A to discuss your concerns about discrimination issues.