Q: FLA: Can an employer change a salaried person to a paid-by-the-day employee due to their being diagnosed with cancer?
Cancer diagnosis in December 2020. Was out most of January, began coming back part time in February, but has always been available from home via phone or email Now working 30-40 hours onsite. Association board has stated that the employee will now be paid only for the days he is physically at work. This seems shady to me. The employee in question is the manager of the building and is capable of working from home occasionally, but is required to be onsite the majority of the time. It's only been 2.5 months since diagnosis and the employee is now concerned that he is going to eventually be forced out of his job and lose his insurance.
A: If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your race, gender national origin or because 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. IMPORTANT: You do not need a lawyer to file an FCHR case; but retaining one to advise you BEFORE you file a Charge of Discrimination at FCHR will help get through the bureaucracy much easier and faster. (Note: Advisory legal fees are usually much lower than representation fees; and many are on a flat fee basis. So be sure to ask the lawyers you call how much they will charge just to advise you as you go through the FCHR process.)
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