Tampa Labor, Employment & Civil Rights Mediation
Within the busy limits of Tampa lies a workforce comprised of individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, and ways of life. It is this diversity which makes Tampa (and the United States in general) a vibrant, competitive, and stimulating place to live and work. The United States is founded on a capitalist market, but the federal and Florida legislature deemed it wise to temper the zeal and passion that a pure capitalist system engenders with laws to prevent the more powerful employers from taking advantage of or trampling on the rights of the employees.
Federal and State Laws at the Heart of Many Employment and Civil Rights Disputes in Tampa
There is a multitude of overlapping state and federal laws that govern the way in which employers may treat employees and the way businesses can treat individuals. These laws create “rights” that may be enforced if a business or employer fails to take actions that they are otherwise obligated to do (or refrain from actions they ought not do). Some of the rights that form the basis of many labor, employment, and civil rights disputes include:
- Violation of Fair Labor Standards Act: Conventional wisdom says that you ought not to unnecessarily tamper with or interfere with an employee’s pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (along with Florida’s minimum wage law) requires employers to timely pay their workers at least a minimum hourly wage and overtime in the event the employee works over forty hours per week.
- Violation of Title VII: Title VII is the main federal law that prohibits unlawful discrimination in the workplace that is based upon one or more prohibited considerations. The federal list of “unapproved” bases for workplace action is supplemented by the Florida Civil Rights Act. Together, these laws prohibit adverse employment actions (such as demotions, firings, and/or failure to hire) motivated by the victim’s age, race, ethnicity, sex, and/or marital status (among other prohibited characteristics).
- Discrimination in housing and business: There are also federal and state laws prohibiting employers and potential landlords from taking an adverse action against someone in the housing market or as a customer based upon their race, national origin, or other prohibited characteristics.
- Violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Disputes arise between an employer and employee over whether an employee was terminated during or after FMLA under a retaliation theory, as well as interference claims by the employee when he or she perceives that the Employer did not offer or provide them with their statutorily protected FMLA.
Resolving these disputes through mediation or arbitration often gives participants a greater sense of satisfaction in the outcome as they often play a role in the resolution process by proposing agreement terms and looking for ways to minimize cost and expense.
Invaluable Services of a Tampa Mediation Company in Labor, Employment, and Civil Rights Disputes
Feldman Mediation & Arbitration Services is your Tampa alternative dispute resolution office dedicated to helping you and the other party in your dispute reach a fair and satisfactory result in the dispute while saving you the time, money, and hassle traditionally associated with the court system. Contact Feldman Mediation & Arbitration Services today and learn how a result achieved through alternative dispute resolution can be a benefit to you.