The Human Resource Director for a Palm Beach County business asked: What does it mean to be an at-will employee in Florida?
Florida is an "at-will" doctrine. Florida employers often tell employees that Florida is an at-will state so they can fire the employee for any reason, with or without cause. This is not entirely true. So what does it really mean to be an at-will employee in Florida? In Florida, the "at-will" doctrine can be undermined in several ways. David Miklas regularly counsels employers about the exceptions to Florida's "at-will" doctrine. Assuming that the Florida employer has not fallen into one of these exceptions, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason except for a reason that violates the law. So, when is it unlawful to fire an employee in Florida? There are many reasons:
These are just a few examples of when it is unlawful for a Florida employer to terminate an employee. There are many more examples throughout Florida law. The best way to find out if termination (or other adverse employment action) is unlawful is to call or email an employment lawyer for a free consultation. We would be happy to evaluate and provide guidance concerning your situation.