Employers constantly face the threat of employment discrimination lawsuits under federal laws and state equivalents. In Florida, most discrimination cases are filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act.
Over the past two decades, the number of employment discrimination lawsuits has dramatically risen, making employment litigation one of the most expensive areas of the law for companies in Florida and across the United States. Overall, the increase in the number of employment discrimination cases has generally been caused by amendments that have expanded the rights and categories of protected individuals under the various anti-discrimination laws. For example, the types of discrimination now prohibited under state and federal employment laws include not only race, but also: