If you are facing rights violations in the workplace, we can help you understand how to move forward. You do not have to face harassment, unjust barriers to career advancement, or refusals to accommodate a disability; we can help you protect your rights.
Our employment lawyers serving Gainesville can also help employers who are facing litigation or would like representation during mediation.
How Bogin, Munns & Munns Can Help With Your Employment Case
Labor-related rights violations can be complicated cases—but you do not have to be alone in your case. You may be able to hold your employer accountable and seek financial recovery for lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, and other types of losses.
We can tell you more about the laws that protect you and how we can pursue a case on your behalf. We may also be able to help you consider other options to resolve your dispute or workplace concerns, such as assistance with implementing a disability accommodation.
Depending on the details of your employment case in Gainesville, our lawyers will:
- Gather evidence for your case
- Help you understand what forms of compensation may be available
- Determine liability
- Litigate on your behalf, if we file a lawsuit
- Represent you in mediation or negotiations
- Ensure your case complies with important laws or deadlines
To consult with an experienced employment lawyer serving Gainesville, call 855-780-9986
Types of Cases Employees May Be Facing
We can help you with a number of labor-related concerns, including:
- Harassment in the workplace (such as sexual, racial, and other forms)
- Wrongful termination
- Retaliation and whistleblowing
- Denied Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave
- Breach of contract
- Disability accommodations
- And more
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What Can You Do if You Are Facing Discrimination?
The first step is to understand that you do not have to face discrimination in the workplace—and that you may be able to take legal action if you are.
Several federal and state laws may apply to your case, including:
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, per the S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, per the EEOC
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), per the S. Department of Justice
- And more
Then, think about whether your case falls under a protected category and consider seeking legal guidance.
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Understand What Constitutes Discrimination
In Florida, you can expect to be protected from discrimination at work under a number of categories. Both state and federal laws protect you from discrimination based on:
- Age (typically for those 40 and older)
- National origin
Other state and federal laws protect you from discrimination based on AIDS/HIV status, citizen status, or veteran status.
If you are experiencing discrimination, you may be facing:
- Barriers to advancing in your job
- Troublesome work conditions
- A reduction in your compensation
- Segregation based on protected status
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We recommend getting a case review with our team to learn the legal avenues available to you. Even if you are not sure if your case constitutes discrimination, we can help you understand the potential of your case and the laws that may apply to your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Employment Rights Issues
When you reach out to our team, we can answer any of your questions about your case in detail, such as whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit.
Here are some answers to some of the most common questions we receive related to workplace rights violations:
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What Qualifies as Harassment in the Workplace?
Essentially, harassment pertains to anything that creates abusive or hostile working conditions for workers. Harassment can take several forms, including sexual and racial. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from racial and sexual harassment.
You may also be facing hostile or abusive conditions at work based on your:
- Sexual orientation
- Sex or gender
- Marital status
- Religious beliefs
- National origin
- And more
Harassment could be either verbal or physical in nature. Do not think that your case does not have merit simply because the harassment you are facing is verbal in nature, for instance.
What Qualifies as Wrongful Termination?
Not every termination is wrongful, illegal, or retaliatory of course. But if your termination was not aboveboard, we can help investigate. You may have been wrongfully terminated if you were fired for any of the following reasons:
- Retaliatory discrimination
- Filing a claim for workers’ compensation
- Discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or age
If you are part of what U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines deem a protected class and you were terminated due to your membership in that class, you could have the basis of a lawsuit. Your Gainesville employment lawyer will review your case. We can help establish that your termination was discriminatory or otherwise constitutes a wrongful firing and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
What Qualifies as Wage Theft?
Florida Statutes § 448.110 entitles Gainesville workers to a minimum wage, and you cannot legally be paid less than the state-mandated minimum. In addition, if you were not compensated for all the hours you work — including your regular work hours and overtime hours — our employment law team can help. Compensation for wage theft can include:
- Unpaid wages
- Unpaid overtime hours
- Unpaid breaks that should have been paid
- Tips that were not received
Our team will help you gather evidence that proves the number of hours you worked and the insufficient compensation you received for those hours, or that you did not receive the tips to which you were entitled. We help calculate the compensation you should have received and build a case that helps you fight for it.
How Does the FMLA Work?
Through the FMLA, certain employees are permitted to take up to twelve weeks of leave and to return to their job following this absence. Permitted reasons for seeking leave through the FMLA include the birth of a child, adoption, or pregnancy.
To be eligible to take leave through the FMLA, you must:
- Work for an employer with at least 50 employees
- Have a record of working at least 12 months for your employer (totaling at least 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months)
You may need to meet other requirements, per the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, you may be experiencing violations based on your FMLA rights if:
- You are eligible to take leave, but you are denied by your employer.
- An employer is retaliating against you after taking leave.
- Your employer threatens to fire you or cancel your benefits because you are taking leave.
- Your employer refuses to notify you of your FMLA rights.
Keep in mind that you may be able to seek compensation for these or other FMLA violations. Your compensation could reflect any lost earnings, lost benefits, out-of-pocket costs, and other losses.
For Employers Seeking Legal Representation
We can also assist employers who are facing legal actions based on labor-related disputes. Whether you need representation during litigation in federal court, state court, or administrative agencies, we can help. If you require assistance with mediation or arbitration, we can also represent you.
We have worked with employers on the following case types:
- Breach of contract
- Unlawful termination
- Negligent hiring and supervision
- Disability accommodations
- Unemployment claims
- Non-disclosure and non-competition violations
- Violations of wage laws
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It can be difficult to understand all the factors that might make you eligible to pursue your employer for compensation. Our legal team is familiar with state and local laws, and we can help you understand your rights and your employer’s responsibilities.
With decades of experience representing employees and employers facing workplace-related violations in Central Florida, our lawyers can get to work on your Gainesville case today. Tell us more about the details of your situation during a no-obligation, confidential consultation—and we can tell you how we can help. Learn your options today.
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