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Bret Yaw is a Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law who devotes his practice to the representation of management in traditional labor and employment law matters.

Bret defends employers against a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bret practices in federal and state court, and has represented employers in administrative actions with the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Public Employees Relations Commission, and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. Bret also assists clients through all facets of traditional labor law, including collective bargaining negotiations, unfair labor practice cases before the National Labor Relations Board, union organizing campaigns, arbitration, and picketing.

Bret also counsels management on how to avoid/resolve employment disputes and litigation, provides a wide range of management training, and drafts and reviews employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and employment agreements.

Bret currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Joe R. Lee branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment in Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit, and bench trial verdict on remaining Family and Medical Leave Act interference claim, including on appeal to Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained grant of request for review and reversal from National Labor Relations Board on unit clarification issue.
  • Defended one of the nation's largest employers in discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.
  • Acted as lead negotiator for public sector employer in collective bargaining.
  • Defended lawsuits alleging violations of the FLSA.
  • Acted as first-chair counsel during National Labor Relations Board hearing regarding unit clarification petition.
  • Represented various employers in litigation of claims alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under federal and state statutes.
  • Handled appeal of state administrative decision regarding veterans' preference for municipal utility.
  • Per Florida Bar rules, information on litigation and other legal successes has not been disclosed but is available upon request.
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch - Labor and Employment Law - Management and
    Litigation - Labor and Employment (2021)
  • "Florida Rising Stars," Super Lawyers magazine
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