Losing your job can be difficult, especially if your termination was the result of workplace retaliation or discrimination. Something as simple as filing for unemployment benefits can become a nightmare. If you’ve lost your job due to no fault of your own, here’s what you need to know about Florida’s Unemployment Compensation Laws.
About Florida Unemployment Compensation
First, you need to prove that your termination was not due to “misconduct” on your part but rather due to general performance issues, “not the right fit”, downsizing, layoffs or staff reductions. Many employers terminate employees due to payroll expenses and other financial reasons, yet state the reason as being “misconduct”. Doing so allows them to eliminate the added costs of providing Unemployment benefits.
It’s important to contact an Employment & Labor Law Attorney if you were terminated due to retaliation or discrimination. Proving you lost your job for these reasons can be difficult, especially if your employer already has an attorney on retainer.
If you believe you qualify for Unemployment Benefits in the State of Florida, you are entitled to weekly compensation of 23 weeks or more. However, keep in mind that the online application process can be quite tedious. Be prepared to answer many questions and provide information regarding your job history and termination. Once this is complete, there still is no guarantee that you will receive benefits. If any of your answers contradict that of your employer, you will likely be denied benefits and the appeals process is very complicated and time-consuming.
Your employer has an attorney. Why don’t you?
At Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., we believe employees deserve the same excellent legal representation their employers receive. You’ve worked hard and deserve to have your workplace rights protected. That’s why we offer legal assistance to those struggling to prove their Unemployment case.
Our team of professional Employment Law Attorneys have helped thousands of people, just like you, seek the justice they deserve. We can help you determine the best course of action for your case and will tirelessly defend your rights.
If you believe you were fired through no fault of your own and need assistance with your Unemployment Compensation, contact our office today.