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How to Contact the Florida Department of Labor

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Whether you are a worker or an employee, you might have any number of reasons to contact the Department of Labor. You might need to report a problem, or simply obtain answers to questions about labor laws and issues. There is no Florida Department of Labor per se, but rather several different agencies and offices dedicated to addressing issues related to work in the state of Florida. Which office you contact depends on your needs.

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

One of the most common reasons individuals wish to contact the Florida labor board is to make claims or report discrimination and harassment issues in the workplace. These types of claims are handled by the Florida Commission on Human Relations, a Tallahassee-based agency focused on ensuring equal access to opportunities for all Floridians. You can contact the agency by calling 850-488-7082 or 1-800-342-8170. You can also visit the commission’s website for more information and assistance filing a claim; from the home page, click on the link for “Employment.”

Another option for issues related to discrimination in the workplace is to contact one of the Florida offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC.) This federal agency has offices in Miami (1-800-669-4000) and Tampa (813 228-2310).

Safety and Wage Issues

If you wish to contact the Florida DOL for assistance with a safety-related issue, your best bet is to reach out to the local Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office. There are offices located in Ft. Lauderdale (954-424-0242), Jacksonville (904-232-2895) and Tampa (813-626-1177).

In addition, Florida does not have a department or agency that deals specifically with wage issues or labor standards violations claims or questions. Floridians are directed to call the federal Department of Labor office closest to them. There are six offices throughout the state (Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach), all of which can be reached by calling 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243.)

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Unemployment Claims

Unemployment claims and issues are handled by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The best way to contact this department is to visit Floridajobs.org and click on the link for the program you are interested in. FDEO offers small business loans, access to education and training information for employers and job seekers, and manages the state unemployment insurance program. You can file and manage your unemployment claims online via the FDEO website. You can also email a representative from the site to get help, or call 1-800-204-2418.

Workers' Compensation

For information or assistance related to worker’s compensation, you need to contact the Division of Workers' Compensation. Based in Tallahassee, this agency handles workers' compensation claims and manages employer compliance with worker’s compensation rules and regulations. For help with claims, call 1-800-342-1741. For compliance issues, call 1-800-413-1609.

About the Author

An adjunct instructor at Central Maine Community College, Kristen Hamlin is also a freelance writer and editor, specializing in careers, business, education, and lifestyle topics. The author of Graduate! Everything You Need to Succeed After College (Capital Books), which covers everything from career and financial advice to furnishing your first apartment, her work has also appeared in Young Money, Lewiston Auburn Magazine, USA Today, and a variety of online outlets. She's also been quoted as a career expert in many newspapers and magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Parade. She has a B.A. in Communication from Stonehill College, and a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.

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