Employment contracts in Orlando, Florida and throughout the state form the basis of most worker relationships. These agreements, generally in writing, are subject to state and federal laws. Agreements encompass both independent contractor and employer-employee contracts.
Like many states, Florida adheres to the doctrine of “employment at-will,” meaning that absent a written contract, an employee generally may quit his or her job at any time for any reason, and an employer may terminate an employee for any reason unless it is for a discriminatory purpose that violates local, state and federal law.
An employment contract can set forth the terms regarding salary, retirement plans, stock options, dispute resolution, grounds for termination, benefits, insurance, intellectual property rights and ownership, overtime issues, meals, expense accounts, confidentiality, noncompetition, and others.
All employers are subject to local, state and federal anti-discrimination laws. An employer may not refuse to hire and may not discharge an employee based on a protected class such as the employee’s race, creed, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, and others. There are a number of federal and state laws regarding employment discrimination including The Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
These laws also prohibit discrimination in promotion, transferring, dispensing of benefits, recruiting, posting job openings, testing, training, retaliation, retirement pay, harassment, and other work-related activities.
Most employment contract litigation is over breach of a material term or claims for overtime and unpaid wages.
Example of issues that are litigation include allegations of unfair or biased treatment in promotions or training opportunities. Claims of sexual harassment by those in authority or for allowing an abusive workplace. Many contracts include non-compete clauses or restrictive covenants designed to protect employers from having its business secrets, client lists, or business practices disclosed to non-employees, or having former employees unfairly compete with their former employers.
Employment contracts need to be written and reviewed in detail by employment contract attorneys, like the ones from the Morey Law Firm, P.A. Our employment lawyers have the skills,knowledge, and litigation experience you need, in Orlando and in the surrounding counties of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, and Alachua.
For all your employment contract needs, contact the Morey Law Firm, P.A. today at 407-426-7222.