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The Jacksonville law firm of Magid & Williams represents clients in many different types of wrongful termination cases. Although there are exceptions, employment “at will” is the general rule in the state of Florida. This means that employees can be terminated at will, for any reason or no reason at all. Some employees, however, may have an enforceable employment contract if it specifies a certain term of employment.  There are also statutory exceptions to the employment “at will” rule and employees can not be terminated on the basis of protected characteristics including: race, religion, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, age (if 40 years or older), and may not be retaliated against for having complained about alleged unlawful discrimination based on one of these factors. Employees are also protected from unlawful Whistle-Blower retaliation, and retaliation for having asserted ones rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim, retaliation for complaining about unlawful pay practices such as minimum wage or overtime violations, etc. The exceptions to the “employment at will” rule also prohibit employers from discriminating against those who serve in the military. Furthermore, some employees are protected by unions and collective bargaining agreements. Some public employees may have Civil Service protection, or may be protected by the Public Employee Relations Commission (“PERC”) for state employees, or the Merit Systems Protection Board for federal employees, or other legal protections for which public employees would be entitled to due process and an administrative hearing.

Given the numerous exceptions to the “employment at will” rule (many of which are mentioned above) and due to the complex nature of whether any of these exceptions are applicable in any given case, it is not possible for this subject matter to be fully covered on this website. If you believe that you may possibly have a wrongful termination claim, you should consult with counsel.