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What are the Employment Classes Protected from Discrimination in Florida?

As a worker in Florida, you have certain protections granted to you by both federal-level and state-level employment laws. While all of these laws, rules, and regulations are important, the laws that shield you from unjust employment discrimination may be among the most important. Discrimination, in the context of employment laws, generally means the unfair application of treatment, negative or positive, based on a protected class. The legal protections against employment discrimination are so powerful, they even extend to you when you are unemployed, such as the fact that you cannot be discriminated against as an applicant to a job.

In Florida, there are a number of protected classes:

  • Age
  • AID/HIV diagnosis
  • Color
  • Disability, or “handicap” as it is often called in Florida law texts
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sickle cell trait

Additionally, federal employment law applies two more protections in Florida:

  • Citizenship status
  • Genetic information

If you experience negative treatment due to one of these protected classes, then it may constitute a violation of your rights as a worker or potential worker in Florida. The same can be said if you experience a negativity due to someone else being unjustly preferred due to a protected class that you do not share. For example, if someone is promoted solely based on their religion, you do not practice that religion, and you were also a promotion candidate, then you have been discriminated against despite not being immediately affected by that promotion.

Classes Unprotected in Florida Employment Law

Currently, there is no language in Florida employment law that makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. There are a few municipalities in Florida that have added these two classes to local employment protection rules. If you were discriminated against for your sexual orientation or gender, then you should speak with an employment law attorney to see if you have the right to file a lawsuit against that employer.

Do you need the help of a discrimination law attorney to set things right, and to stand up for yourself? Justice for Justice in Tampa is here to help and empower you. We represent clients throughout Florida who have been overlooked or mistreated by employers, coworkers, and the like. Call us at (800) 219-1324 to begin your case.

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