Many workers in Florida may have heard the term "at-will employment." Do you really know what it means to be an at-will employee? Florida, like many other states in the nation, allows employers to reserve the right to fire their workers whenever they want, for any reason - though there are some restrictions. If you are a whistleblower, for example, you are protected by federal rules that can help you keep your job or get compensation for wrongful termination. Further, people who have filed workplace claims for injury compensation cannot be targeted for unfair termination. As a Florida employee, you need to know your workplace rights, so you can fight against unlawful layoffs and termination.
Courts in Florida have consistently affirmed the state's law for at-will employment, which dictates that employees can be fired at any time if there is not a formal employment contract listing a specified period of employment. This was even true in the case of a woman who was told by her potential employer that she would have a job for life. She quit her full-time position and then was fired by her new employer. This was lawful. The reason: No formal contract ever existed to guarantee employment through old age.