Employee Rights Blog

Employee Rights/Discrimation

Are you being, or have you been, treated differently than your co-workers? Were you terminated or disciplined due to your race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or a disability? Has your employer or manager required you to clock out while still on the job or not allowed you to clock in for work meetings? Are you paid by the hour but not paid overtime because your employer has classified you as a professional or management? The Goodwin Firm is here to help and fight for the rights of employees in cases involving employee discrimination and unfair labor practices. 

What Does Labor and Employment Law Cover?

  • Discrimination Actions (e.g., gender, race, color, harassment, national origin, religion, age, and disability)
  • Harassment (e.g., Sexual Harassment, Hostile Work Environment)
  • Unfair Labor Practices (e.g., denial of wages, overtime, and equal pay)
  • Denial of Leave (e.g., Family Medical Leave Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA))
  • Employer Retaliation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Discrimination Against Job Applicants

Attorney April S. Goodwin also represents employees before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). You deserve to be treated fairly, receive wages for all time worked, and to have fair and safe working conditions, and we will fight for those rights for you.


Overtime Pay, Upaid Wages, and Minimum Wage – Wage & Hour Law

Attorney April S. Goodwin litigates wage and hour cases, including violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime pay and minimum wage laws, as well as Florida’s minimum wage labor law called the Florida Minimum Wage Act (FMWA). If you have a claim involving off-the-clock work, an unpaid final paycheck, tip credit violations, improper tip pooling, unpaid overtime pay, unpaid minimum wages, or any other pay violation, contact us at (727) 316.5333 for a free case evlaution regarding your claim.

Employment Discrimination

Attorney April S. Goodwin represents employees in matters involving workplace discrimination (sexual harassment, age, race, gender, national origin, religious, disability, and pregnancy discrimination). We represent clients every step of the way before the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), and in Florida state or federal court. If you believe you have been harrassed or discriminated against at work or while applying for a job based on your race, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, or due to pregnancy, contact The Goodwin Firm at (727) 316.5333 for a free case evaluation regarding your claim.

LGBTQ Discrimination (discrmination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity)

While there is currently no federal or Florida law protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination, some courts, including some federal courts in Florida, have found that the prohibition against discrimination based in gender in the federal law includes a prohibition against discrimination based on gender identity and have ruled in favor of transgender individuals seeking protection from these laws. Additionally, several counties and cities in Florida have passed laws banning discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. The Florida counties and cities that have passed such laws include the Tampa Bay communities of:

            City of Dunedin                                                                               City of Gulfport 
            Hillsborough County                                                                       City of Largo
            Pinellas County  (Sexual Orientation Only)                                       City of Sarasota  (Sexual Orientation Only)
            City of St. Petersburg (Sexual Orientation Only)
            City of Tampa 

Additionally, the following Florida municipalities and counties have enacted laws aimed at protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination:

           Alachua County                    City of Atlantic Beach                 Broward County                                                                
           City of Cape Coral                 City of Gainesville                      City of Juno Beach 
           City of Key West                   City Of Lake Worth                     Leon County                                                                     
           City of Miami                         City of Miami Beach                   Miami Dade County 
           Monroe County                     Orange County                          City of Orlando
           City of Oakland Park              Palm Beach County                   City of St. Augustine 
           Village of Tequesta                 Volusia County                          City of Venice 
           City of West Palm Beach        City of Wilton Manors

Equal Pay Discrimination

The law protects employees from receiving unequal pay for substantially equal work based on their sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age or disability. If you believe you are being paid less for an illegal reason for substantially equal work, contact The Goodwin Firm at (727) 316.5333 for a free case evaluation.