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Workplace Retaliation

Can I Be Fired For Complaining To HR?
  • By: Micah Longo, Esq.
  • Published: December 28, 2023

Should I worry about getting fired if I complain about my boss or co-worker? The answer depends on what you are complaining about. Florida law prohibits firing a worker in retaliation for the worker's engagement in protected activity. But not all complaints are protected. So, what is protected activity? And if I am fired, do I have a case for workplace retaliation? Generally speaking, protected activity complaints are those in which a worker objects to an employer's violation of a law, rule, or regulation. For example, complaining about discrimination is a protected activity. Complaining about unpaid overtime is a protected activity. A complaint about workplace harassment is a protected activity. However, complaining about your boss's poor management style or being a jerk is not a protected activity because that conduct is not illegal. Suppose you…Read More