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How Florida Businesses Can Avoid Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Feb 03, 2023

“My manager overly scrutinizes my work, and doesn’t do that for the others.”

More times than not, this will turn into a discrimination and potential retaliation claim.

How do I know this and what should Florida businesses look for?

I have been representing businesses in employment litigation for 15 years. Many of the lawsuits I have defended involve a lack of communication.

Employees will not necessarily report “discrimination” in the workplace, but rather the complaints come in through language such as “unfair treatment”; “nit-picking my work” or “doesn’t like me but favors the others.”

These types of employee complaints are not protected activities because they don’t reference a protected class. However, they somehow turn into discrimination/retaliation claims.

How should companies avoid exposure to lawsuits?

Its important for companies to know when to investigate an issue, even if the complaining party doesn’t use formal language.

If employees are referencing favoritism, unfair treatment, overly aggressive managers, businesses should address this- whether it be informally or through a formal workplace investigation. It may seem unnecessary or tedious, but a simple conversation with both parties can save companies a great deal of time and money in the long run- not only in litigation costs, but turnover and decreased production as well.

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only. The information does not constitute legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship with Karly Wannos, The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. or any other attorney employed by the firm. Karly Wannos is licensed to practice law in Florida only, and the information presented on this channel applies to Florida and Federal law only and is not otherwise state specific. Please consult with an attorney before making any important business related decisions. The contents of this post are owned by Karly Wannos, and cannot be duplicated or replicated without her express written permission. May be deemed an attorney advertisement.

The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. provides legal advice to Florida businesses. Karly Wannos is a workplace investigator for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, Florida employment law mediator and provides training to businesses on employment laws. 

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