What Are My Rights?

There are two sets of rights: rights granted by the law, and rights granted by your contract. Labor law is pretty extensive, and we can't cover it all here, but we'll highlight a few important ones.


Equal Rights

The simplest group of rights are equal protection rights. By law, FSU cannot discriminate against any employee on the basis of race/color/ethnicity, sex, age, disability, national origin, pregnancy, or religion. Violations of any of these are reported to the EEOC, a governmental body that protects against discrimination.

Weingarten Rights

"Weingarten Rights" refer to your right to representation during an investigatory meeting. If your supervisor or any administrator calls you to a meeting where you believe they could take disciplinary action, you have the right to have a GAU representative at your side.

If you are called to one of these meetings, contact our Grievance Officer right away. Calmly and respectfully inform your supervisor that you wish to avail yourself of this right. If your request is denied, attend the meeting, take notes, sign nothing, and say nothing. Do not be insubordinate, but do not let anyone intimidate you, either.

GAU's Rights

The Collective Bargaining Agreement we negotiate with FSU is a legally binding contract. Pretty much everything in it could qualify as a right. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with your contract. If you have questions, use the Contact Us page to let us know.

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