At Bogin, Munns & Munns, we take workplace discrimination and harassment allegations seriously. Our Titusville employment and labor lawyers are here to help employers and employees protect their rights. We can assist with disputes or legal action involving:
- Hiring and firing
- Unlawful termination
- Violation of wage and labor laws
- Breach of contract
- Payment disputes
- Unemployment claims
- Workplace retaliation
- Violation of non-disclosure or non-compete agreements
- Harassment and sexual harassment
- Failure to accommodate disabilities
- Other workplace and employment issues
Federal and State Laws Protects Workers From Discrimination
Federal laws outlaw discrimination in the workplace in all fifty states, including Florida. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on race, religion, color, sex, or national origin. State and federal laws also prohibit discrimination based on age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, marital status, citizenship status, and certain genetic information. Examples of workplace discrimination include:
- Refusal to hire or fire
- Wrongful termination
- Deprival of training opportunities or opportunities for advancement
- Exclusion from labor organizations or unions
- Denial of workplace privileges
- Unequal compensation
Protected Workers in Titusville
Florida Statutes § 760.02(7) applies antidiscrimination laws to most employers with 15 or more employees, though there are exceptions. The Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce states that the top employers in the region include:
- The Kennedy Space Center
- Winn Dixie
- Parrish Medical Center
- Knight’s Armament
If you have experienced workplace discrimination at the hands of these or any other Titusville employers, reach out to our employment and labor lawyers to learn more about your options for seeking justice.
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Employees Have Rights Under the Family Medical Leave Act
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles employees to unpaid, job-protected time off for specified family and medical reasons. While on FMLA leave, employees also have the right to maintain coverage under their employer’s group health insurance plan. Under the act, covered employees are also eligible for twelve weeks of leave per year for:
- The birth of a child
- The placement of a child for adoption or foster care into an employee’s home
- A serious health condition
- To care for a child, spouse, or parent with a severe health condition
- Qualifying leave if an employee’s spouse, child, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty”
- Twenty-six weeks of leave to care for a covered military member with a severe injury or illness
If you believe your Titusville employer violated your FMLA rights, reach out to our attorneys for help.
It Is Illegal To Discriminate Against Pregnant Women
Labor laws further protect families by making it illegal to discriminate against pregnant women. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prevents employers from refusing to hire or firing a woman because of a pregnancy. In addition, employers cannot force a pregnant woman to take leave, and they must have reasonable workplace accommodations.
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The Americans With Disabilities Act
According to ADA.gov, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees equal opportunities to those with disabilities and prohibits discrimination based on a disability in the workplace (among other protections). This includes discrimination in:
- Hiring and recruitment
- Training and promotions
- Social activities
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Employees Should Be Free From Workplace Harassment
No one should have to endure harassment in the workplace. Under Title VII, harassment is a form of discrimination. If your employer, manager, coworker, or even a client or customer has created an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, our Titusville employment and labor lawyers can help you pursue a harassment case. This includes sexual harassment or harassment based on your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.
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Our Attorneys Can Help You Take Action
If you have experienced discrimination, harassment, or another labor or employment violation at your workplace, our attorneys can investigate your claims and help you take action. We can help you seek compensation for your lost wages, earnings, and benefits. We can also pursue awards for stress, anxiety, and emotional pain and suffering caused by your workplace issues. We may even be able to get you reinstated at your job. We will:
- Gather evidence supporting your allegations, including wage records, employment records, and witness statements
- Interview your supervisor, coworkers, and other relevant parties
- Apply state and federal laws to your case
- File your complaints with the appropriate agency
- Negotiate on your behalf
- Represent you in an employment and labor lawsuit if necessary
How Long Do You Have to File an Employment or Labor Complaint in Florida?
Personal injury deadlines for legal action do not usually apply to employment and labor cases. This means that you may have an even shorter window for action than you previously thought. You must file most ADA complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) within 180 days of when the discrimination occurred. However, you may have a longer window depending on circumstances unique to your case. Our lawyers can tell you more.
Additionally, you can request an inquiry into discrimination in Florida based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or marital status with the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). You have 365 days from the alleged discriminatory act to contact the agency.
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Our firm has zero tolerance for discrimination. We believe everyone deserves equal treatment and equal opportunities in the workplace. Our team has served Florida clients for more than 40 years. With over 100 staff members and 30 attorneys at offices across the state, we are ready to assist individual clients or Fortune 500 companies. If you are the victim of harassment, discrimination, or illegal employment and labor practices, we will help you fight for justice.
Whatever your legal needs, we can meet them with experience, commitment, and respect. To learn more about how our Titusville employment and labor lawyers can help you, call our offices at 321-567-5470. A member of our team is available 24/7 to take your call and answer your questions. Hablamos Español.