Q: my employer took advantage of Covid to term high paid long term employees, w/o any compensation, this this legal?
my employer took advantage of Covid to term high paid long term employees, w/o any compensation, this this legal?
A: If you feel you have been discriminated against by actions of your supervisors or co-workers at your workplace because of your race, age, gender (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation or national origin, religion or marital status or because you have a disability, or feel you have been retaliated against for speaking out or asserting your legal rights in the workplace, you should contact the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) here in Tallahassee. The FCHR's toll free telephone number is (800) 342 8170; or you can call them at (850) 488 7082. If you do call, ask to speak with an Intake Counselor. You do not need a lawyer; but retaining one before you file a charge of discrimination will help get through the bureaucracy.
A: Your answer depends primarily on the employer's motive or reason for termination. For example, if it is because of the salary level, there is no law prohibiting that in Florida. On the other hand, if it is because of the employee's age, clearly that is illegal. In terms of the failure to compensate, that normally would not be required unless there is some document such as an employment contract, union agreement, or severance plan compelling payment.
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