At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, we understand that filing a lawsuit against an employer, sometimes a large corporation, can be intimidating, so we actively and compassionately counsel our clients throughout the litigation process and trial. We focus our practice on representing a select number of individuals in their workplace claims against their employers.
Florida Employment Litigators
We represent workers—not corporations—in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour/overtime matters. We also believe that, in many situations, the best mechanism for protecting the rights of employees is through class actions and collective actions. That is why we thoroughly analyze every potential case before we start the litigation process.
Our Story – Florin Gray Bouzas Owens
Florin Gray Bouzas Owens was formed by two law school friends, Miguel Bouzas and Greg Owens. After several years of practicing employment law—Miguel, at a large employment defense firm and Greg, at a large employee rights firm—Greg and Miguel decided to combine their experiences and start a law practice. The purpose: to provide hands-on representation for a select number of workers that are subjected to unlawful employment practices by their employers.
We Know Employment Law
Employment law encompasses a wide breadth of rights, duties, and obligations between employers and employees. Every aspect of employment, from the job application to terminating an employee, must abide by rules and regulations to stay within the law. Knowing where your case fits into the spectrum of employment law can help you understand your rights and potential legal opportunities. The following are types of employment cases we accept at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens:
1.) Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it is against the law to discriminate against a job applicant or employee based on a protected class. Protected classes include race, gender, sex, religion, national origin, color, and disability. Failing to hire or promote an employee because of a protected class is unlawful discrimination.
2.) Unwanted actions, behaviors, requests, or advances of a sexual nature that are “severe or pervasive” enough to create a hostile work environment qualify as harassment in the workplace. While a single event typically doesn’t count as harassment (unless it’s severe), persistent acts in the workplace create harassment.
3.) Failure to accommodate. An employer legally must provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices, as well as for disabilities. Refusing to reasonably accommodate these needs can lead to a charge of employment discrimination.
4.) Wage and hour violations. Employers are often guilty of wage and hour violations to cut costs. There are federal and statewide minimum wage and overtime laws employers must obey. Failure to do so is unlawful and can result in an employment action.
5.) If an employer punishes an employee for filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the employer is guilty of workplace retaliation. Retaliation can take the form of a demotion, pay cut, or wrongful termination.
6.) Wrongful termination. An employer might have wrongfully terminated an employee if it fired the employee because of a protected class, out of retaliation, or other illegal reasons. If you recently lost your job for reasons unrelated to your performance or qualifications, talk to an attorney about a possible wrongful termination claim.
7.) Unsafe work environment. Some employment law cases arise out of the employer’s failure to maintain a reasonably safe workplace. Toxic chemicals, slip and fall hazards, defective products, and negligent employers can result in serious personal injuries and illnesses. The team at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens handles workplace personal injury claims in addition to other employment cases.
This is not a comprehensive list of our practice areas. To find out if we can assist you with your employment issue, contact our Tampa office and request a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys. If an employee suffers from the unlawful practices or actions of an employer, he or she needs legal representation to move through the legal ladder toward compensation, job reinstatement, and other reparations. Let Florin Gray Bouzas Owens be the team of attorneys that helps you during this difficult time in your employment.
How an Employment Attorney Can Help You
Going up against a workplace or large corporation is no small feat. It takes an in-depth understanding of the law and awareness of employee rights in Florida. Hiring an attorney is a simple, smart, and cost-effective way to make sure someone represents your best interests during an employment case. Your attorney will gather information and evidence about your case, evaluate its legal merits, and enter disputes and negotiations with your employer on your behalf.
You won’t have to worry about going up against your employer or proving your case on your own. You have our assurance that your experienced Tampa employment lawyer will do the hard work for you. No matter what type of employment case you have (whether you’re a plaintiff or defendant), your employment rights attorney can take legal action on your behalf. An attorney can file a claim or combat allegations involving family and medical leave, discrimination and harassment, privacy in the workplace, job safety, fair pay, whistleblowing, and more.
When you hire a Tampa employment attorney instead of opting to represent yourself, you’ll have an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional at your beck and call to answer your questions and quell your concerns. You won’t have to worry about missing an important filing deadline or proving your case in front of a judge and jury. Your skilled employment attorney will take care of virtually every aspect of your case for you. At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, we work hard around the clock for our clients. We provide standout client support, tailored legal services, and aggressive litigation to obtain the best possible results for your case.
At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, we focus our practice on representing a select number of individuals in their workplace claims against their employers. As Florida employment litigators, we represent workers—not corporations—in claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour/overtime matters. We also believe that, in many situations, the best mechanism for protecting the rights of employees is through class actions and collective actions. That is why we thoroughly analyze every potential case before we start the litigation process.
Tampa Bay Trial Attorneys
At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, we are committed to being passionate advocates for our clients, while aggressively litigating matters with integrity. We understand that filing a lawsuit against an employer, sometimes a large corporation, can be intimidating, so we actively and compassionately counsel our clients throughout the litigation process and trial.
Your Tampa employment attorney at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens will walk you through the state and federal employment laws, explaining your rights as a worker and recommending the action(s) you should take next. We will process your employment claim, class action, or collective action well before the state deadline for a timely and effective claim. You don’t have to face a negligent or wrongful employer on your own. We’ll be here for you every step of the way. Start the journey toward justice with a free consultation at our Tampa law office.
Florida and Federal Employment Law Statutes
Employment law can quickly escalate into complex and difficult claims, in part due to the myriad federal and state laws dealing with the field of employment. Employers must obey both federal and state statutes in terms of minimum wage, hiring procedures, vacation and medical leave, overtime, labor laws, and more. Breaking any of the laws and causing harm to employees is negligence that can result in legal action against the employer. While our firm is here to walk you through the specific laws that apply to your case, here is a brief overview of some that may come into play:
1.) Minimum wage and overtime laws. Under federal law, the current minimum wage is $7.25. The current minimum wage in the state of Florida, however, is $8.25. There are no state-specific overtime laws. The federal overtime law will apply, which mandates that employers must pay employees a rate of one and half times the regular rate for all hours over 40 per workweek.
2.) Meal breaks. Florida Statute 450.081(4) mandates all employers to give an at least 30-minute long lunch break to employees under the age of 18 who work four or more consecutive hours. Employees over 18 do not require meal breaks in Florida, nor is there a federal meal break law.
3.) Leave laws. Florida’s leave laws do not require employers to provide paid or unpaid vacation benefits, sick leave, voting, or bereavement leave. The state law does require time off without retaliation for jury duty leave. Federal law also does not require employers to provide various types of leave, with specific exceptions, such as family and medical leave.
One of the most important laws to know is the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. This federal law establishes the nationwide standards affecting minimum wages, child labor laws, record keeping, and overtime pay. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Congress enforce the laws of the FLSA. All employers in the United States must abide by the rules in accordance with the FLSA. Furthermore, employers in Florida must obey state-specific statutes. Breaking any of the requirements or laws is generally grounds for legal action against the employer.
When to Call Florin Gray Bouzas Owens
Employment is a complicated field of law that can easily grow into a web of litigation and legal processes. The best way to protect your rights in the state of Florida is to retain a reputable employment attorney. Florin Gray Bouzas Owens has passionate employee rights advocates ready and willing to take on new clients in Tampa Bay. We only accept a limited number of cases to ensure one-on-one attention from our Florida employment attorneys. If you decide to retain our firm, you’ll benefit from decades of legal experience, exceptional client care, and proven results.
We know that losing your job, suffering harassment, or dealing with discrimination can take a toll on your entire family. Throughout your Tampa employment lawsuit, our lawyers will be extremely sensitive to your needs as well as those of your family members. We always keep our clients in the loop about their cases and legal rights, providing ample guidance and support during all legal processes. Our legal assistance can maximize your odds of a successful claim and help you get your life back on track. We aim to shed light on unlawful employer practices and win our clients the justice they deserve. Call (727) 254-5255 today for your free consultation.
The hiring of a Tampa employment lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. This website is designed for general information only. The information presented in this website should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor does it constitute the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.
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