The U.S. Department of Justice has outlined some of the different types of employment-related discrimination on their site, such as discriminating against an employee because of their ethnicity, religion or gender. For example, if a business treats a worker unfairly by harassing them or failing to give them a promotion because they are pregnant or come from a certain religious background, they are in violation of employment law. Additionally, in Fort Lauderdale and across Florida, businesses may find themselves in hot water if they retaliate against an employee who has filed a discrimination complaint.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a particularly high number of discrimination charges were filed in Florida in 2013 compared to the rest of the nation. The commission tracks charge receipts for each state and recorded 7,597 individual charges that were filed in the state last year, accounting for over eight percent of all individual charge filings throughout the country. Since some people claim more than one type of discrimination when filing charges, the actual number of charges is even higher.
The data presented by the commission shows that over 2,533 charges were related to race, 2,186 were filed on the basis of gender discrimination and 298 resulted from alleged religious discrimination. Regardless of the type of discrimination someone experiences, when their civil rights are violated with disregard for employment regulations, they may want to consider employment litigation.