A man says he was terminated in retaliation by a Miami-Dade County business because of a lawsuit that was filed by two other employees.
The man filed a complaint on Jan. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida citing the Fair Labor Standards Act.
According to the complaint, the man alleges he was hired by the company to film and edit video taken during seminars and procedures in November 2012. He goes on to claim that he was terminated on Nov. 18, 2016, without reason, and that he was never paid overtime pay for work that exceeded 40 hours per week.
The man holds the Miami-Dade County business responsible because they terminated his employment because of his association with two other employees that filed a lawsuit against the defendants alleging wage violations.
He is seeking actual damages, unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just.
If you have been fired without reason, it is only natural that you seek justification and perhaps feel inclined to sue for wrongful termination. In some states, like New Jersey and California, employers must have cause to fire you. However, this is not the case in Florida. Florida is an at-will state, meaning that an employer may fire, demote, hire, promote and discipline employees for pretty much any reason, or they may have no reason at all.
Most employees have some type of inkling as to why they were fired. If you brought up not being paid overtime or made a wage claim against your employer and were fired a week later, that is a good indication that you were fired in retaliation for making a claim.
The best course of action when terminated, especially when you believe there was no cause, is to let our Florida Wrongful Termination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton discuss your options with you. We can investigate into your claims and help you understand the best course of action.
Call us today at 561-367-8777 or contact us online for a free consultation.