Employment Practices Liability & Civil Rights

Boyd & Jenerette represents employers, businesses, and other organizations in the defense of employment related claims, including claims of civil rights violations. Experienced litigators represent clients in state, federal, and appellate courts.

Boyd & Jenerette also defends employers, businesses, and other organizations at the administrative level, including investigations and proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL), and other similar agencies.

Boyd & Jenerette defends claims brought against public and private employers in matters involving:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Breach of Employment Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims
  • Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA)
  • Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • Hostile Work Environment and Harassment
  • Non-compete and Other Restrictive Covenants
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Retaliation
  • Section 1981 & 1983
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Whistle Blowers Act (Public and Private)
  • Workers’ Compensation Retaliation

Workplace Training & Employee Relations

Boyd & Jenerette also provides counseling and training to employers on handling internal employment matters, evaluations, employee and management training, disciplinary actions, terminations and separation agreements. The firm can assist in developing or revising employee handbooks and policies to ensure compliance with relevant employment and labor laws.

Employment Contracts & Non-Compete

The firm often litigates enforcement of employment contract provisions such as confidentiality agreements, non-compete covenants, and other restrictive covenants.

Professional Licensing Disputes

Boyd & Jenerette represents licensed professionals and businesses in a wide range of industries licensed and regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Client licensing and reputational considerations are defended in both formal disciplinary and informal hearings. The firm is also experienced in appealing board rulings that adversely affect a client’s licensure.

Housing, Homeowners’ Associations, and Condominium Associations

Boyd & Jenerette represents homeowners’ associations, condominium associations, and property management companies in matters involving civil rights and Fair Housing claims such as ADA accommodation and compliance matters. The firm also represents HOAs and condo associations regarding covenant enforcement, employment matters, director and officer liability (D&O), and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

The Boyd & Jenerette Approach to Employment Practices Liability Claims

Boyd & Jenerette’s approach to defending clients against employment or housing-related claims begins with the identification and assessment of strengths and weaknesses of a claim. A case strategy is then developed in consultation with the client. The firm also incorporates a cost-benefit analysis throughout the litigation process with the client’s desired budget and outcome in mind.

Clients served by the firm’s Employment Practice Group include:

  • Insurance carriers
  • Self-insured employers
  • Third-party administrators
  • Government agencies
  • Real estate management companies and condominium complexes
  • HOA and condominium associations and their board members

The firm’s Appellate department routinely assists with preservation of issues for appeal and obtaining favorable appellate rulings.

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Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.