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 an equal opportunity workplace.
Employee and employer representation in discrimination claims
Before employees can pursue a lawsuit against an employer, they must file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") and/or the Florida Commission on Human Relations (“FCHR”). Attorney Ena T. Diaz, who has 25 years of experience in the area of employment law, 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 advocate and negotiator. As a Florida Supreme Court 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 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") in Miami works in conjunction with the ("FCHR") to investigate discrimination claims. Federal and Florida law prohibits an employer from discriminating against any individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions or privileges of employment. Job applicants, employees, and former employees are protected from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (pregnancy, sexual orientation or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information and marital or veteran 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 legal requirements set forth by several federal anti-discrimination laws and Florida law. For example, businesses must post in a visible area notices of the anti-discrimination laws, have a method of reporting complaints of discrimination in the workplace and a procedure in place to investigate the complaint made. Being proactive when the complaint may resolve the concern and ultimately minimize the employer's liability. Ms. Diaz has extensive experience counseling employers in day-to-day decisions to ensure that the employment decision is in compliance with federal and Florida law. Anti-discrimination laws apply at all stages of the employment relationship, such as:
- Disciplinary actions
- Work assignments
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.