Florida Termination (with Discharge): What you need to know
Florida is an employment-at-will state. This means that, in general, either the employer or the employee may end the employment relationship at any time and for any reason. However, federal or state law, collective bargaining agreements, or individual employment contracts may place limitations on an otherwise employment-at-will relationship. In addition, Florida has recognized several important exceptions to at-will employment.
Even if the employer has no explicit employment agreement with the worker, certain actions and representations can bind the employer just as if there were a written contract signed by both parties. If an employee can prove that an employee manual contains discipline, job security, and termination procedures, the manual may constitute a unilateral offer to contract that an employee may accept through continued employment.
In addition, employers should be cautious about allowing anyone in the organization to make a promise of job security to an employee or applicant. If the promise can be seen as an inducement for an employee or prospective employee to give up something of value, by relocating, for instance, or by leaving a good job or turning down an attractive job offer, it may be considered a “contract.”
Blacklisting. It is illegal for two or more people to work together to cause an employer to discharge any person (FL Stat. Sec. 448.045).
Child support withholding. An employer may not discharge an employee because the person is obliged to pay child support through income deduction (FL. Stat. Sec. 61.1301).
Domestic violence victims. Florida law requires both private and public employers with 50 or more employees to permit an employee to take up ...
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