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Restrictions on Firing Employees in Puerto Rico

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Puerto Rico are subject to these state rules that restrict firing employees under certain circumstances.

Puerto Rico laws make it unlawful for an employer to:

  • fire employees because of jury service
  • fail to give time off to vote
  • discharge for union activity
  • deny equal employment opportunity
  • retaliate against an employee for filing a wage complaint or reporting discriminatory practices
  • violate protections for veterans or reservists
  • fire an employee for having wages withheld for child support

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