Experienced Employment Attorney in Florida/

You are not alone. There are thousands of laws and regulations to protect and empower employees.

Employment law covers all facets of the relationship between employer and employee โ€” from the hiring process and conduct in the workplace to layoffs and termination. Federal and state governments have created thousands of statutes, administrative regulations and judicial decisions in an effort to protect and empower employees.ย The Feldman Legal Group employment attorneys in Florida have experience using these statutes and regulations to help clients get the justice they deserve.

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Our Florida employment lawyers represent employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other unfair treatment at work. Our trial attorneys have decades of combined experience handling employment litigation, practicing in state and federal courts.

Employment Law Overview

Employment law covers all facets of the relationship between employer and employee โ€” from the hiring process and conduct in the workplace to layoffs and termination.

Employment Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 outlaw unequal treatment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

 

Our attorneys help clients by investigating employment discrimination and obtaining a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC. We stand up for workersโ€™ rights against discriminating employers. If necessary, we are prepared to take matters to court.

 

If a case is successful, workers can expect placement, advancement, reinstatement and, in some cases, monetary compensation for back pay, front pay and emotional damages.

Sexual Harassment

Also under Title VII, it is illegal for employers to make sexual advances or engage in other offensive conduct that creates a hostile work environment.

 

We represent clients in quid pro quo and hostile work environment claims. Sexual harassment in the work place is unacceptable. We make sure that all claims of misconduct are taken seriously and that clients get justice for their mistreatment.

 

Victims of harassment may collect back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages and front pay.

Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)ย prohibits the unequal treatment of workers based on their age and applies to workers over 40.ย This type of discrimination is far too common in the workplace. Our attorneys aggressively pursue cases of age discrimination.

 

A successful claim can result in financial compensation and reinstatement at your job.

Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) refers to a refusal to hire or refusal to make reasonable accommodations in the workplace. We offer case evaluations to find out more about your issue and provide you with possible legal options.

 

If we accept your case, we will make sure that a discriminating employer will be held accountable for the damages you have suffered. We will build your case and, if necessary, take it to court. If successful, you can expect to be employed or receive compensation for back pay, front pay or damages.

Family Leave Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed to prevent the unfair treatment of women in the workplace because of pregnancy, childbirth or maternity leave.ย There are several ways in which an employer may violate family leave policies. The Family Medical Leave Act covers many employees, guaranteeing up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year to take care of their own or a family memberโ€™s serious medical condition.

 

We will conduct an investigation on your behalf and prepare a case that will hold your employers responsible for any discrimination. Successful outcomes may include back pay, front pay, reinstatement and compensation for other damages.

Wrongful Termination

Employees are fired every day. Some are let go for legitimate reasons while others are terminated improperly under state and federal laws. The place of business has become a litigation battleground.

 

At the Feldman Legal Group, we represent clients who have been involved in many different types wrongful termination cases. We aggressively pursue these cases to make sure that our clients get reinstated at their jobs and receive adequate compensation for damages they have experienced.

Whistleblower Claims

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), it is unlawful for companies to retaliate against or get even with workers who file a complaint regarding their employer’s alleged unlawful policies.

 

If an employer has retaliated against you for speaking out about fraud, abuse or waste in the workplace, you have the law on your side. We will investigate the facts and defend your rights as a whistleblower. You can receive compensation or reinstatement if your employer has retaliated against you for reporting claims of fraud, abuse and waste.

Wage and Hour Claims

Is your pay correct?ย Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay minimum wage and overtime to eligible (nonexempt) employees.

 

The employment law attorneys at the Feldman Legal Group have secured millions of dollars in wages for our clients. We will take all necessary legal actions against reluctant employers to make sure you get the payment you are owed.

 

Find out moreย about wage claims.

Employment Agreements

Enforcing employment agreements includes litigation of non-compete agreements and other employment contracts that create undue burdens on employees’ hiring contracts, non-compete contracts, wages and hours and severance packages.

 

Our attorneys review your agreements, prepare a case that reflects how your employer failed to live up to their promises and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Protecting Florida Workers Whose Civil Rights Have Been Violated/

Florida’s parallel Civil Rights Act protects employees in the same classifications, meaning it is a parallel law to the federal legislation noted above. This means workers are protected by both state and federal employment laws. Our employment lawyers in Tampa can advocate on your behalf in filing a charge with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Florida Commission on Human Rights.

 

Employers may write the paychecks and have the authority to hire and fire, but when they abuse that power, they may be violating state and federal laws meant to protect workers from unfair treatment in the workplace. Taking action against an employer is a daunting process, but we’ll fight for you and hold the employer legally responsible for violating your rights as a worker.

Your Legal Rights Concerning Pay/

Employers can violate wage agreements in several different ways, including a failure to pay overtime, commissions and bonuses. You deserve payment for the time and effort youโ€™ve given your employer. Unfortunately, employees donโ€™t always get their earned compensation, and too many donโ€™t realize that they have the option of taking legal action. We truly believe in seeking justice for workers.

 

At the Feldman Legal Group, weโ€™ll work with you to build a case that holds your employer responsible and enables you to get the money you are owed. We understand how important these cases are for our clients, and we offer aggressive legal representation to reflect your needs.

Our Florida Employment Lawyers Know Your Rights in the Workplace/

No employee should be subjected to harassment, discrimination or retaliation for voicing concerns about workplace wrongdoing. When employers are responsible for violating these rights or for failing to protect workers, we use our resources, skill and experience to get justice for workers.

 

Our attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the many laws that offer workers recourse after suffering harassment or discrimination on the job. We know how to build a case that reflects the unfair treatment our clients have received. If youโ€™ve been harassed or discriminated against, we encourage you to contact us today to put our experience to work on your behalf.

Class Actions โ€“ When Employees Band Together/

We not only assist individual workers who have been treated unfairly by employers, we also handle class actions to ensure that groups of workers get justice. Class actions are cases in which groups of people with similar experiences band together against a single company to seek compensation. There is strength in numbers, and these cases can help benefit the individuals involved in addition to serving an even greater purpose of creating safer, fairer workplaces.

 

To learn more about joining a class action lawsuit, we encourage you to visit our Pending Cases to find out about our ongoing legal actions. Our attorneys will meet with you to discuss the details of your case and find out whether your case would fit in with a class action.

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Employment Law FAQ/

Yes. You can sue your employer if it acts illegally regarding:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual harassment by the employer or an employee if the employer does not take action against the harassing employee
  • Failure to allow mandated breaks
  • Failure to pay overtime wages

Some of the common forms of harassment include requiring a sexual favor for a promotion or raise (quid pro quo), employers or other employees making inappropriate jokes and / or comments about your appearance, religion, sex, race and / or age, not promoting you because of your race or religion and inappropriate touching.

Yes. An at-will employment state means that an employer does not have to have a reason to fire you or lay you off. However, the two exceptions to this rule are unlawful discrimination and retaliation.

While your employer can fire you or lay you off for no reason, there are some exceptions. You can also quit without giving your employer a reason. However, your employer wrongfully terminated you if it fired you or laid you off for:

  • Refusing to participate in illegal actions
  • Illegal reasons
  • Filing a claim against the company
  • In violation of public or company policy
  • In violation of a written contract

If you suspect your employer is conducting illegal activity, you can file a whistleblower complaint against your employer. Always speak to your attorney prior to filing a whistleblower claim to ensure that your employer does not violate your rights. A couple of common types of whistleblower claims include employers overcharging customers and employers who work for the government stealing from the government.

When an employer or co-workers make jokes and comments or touch you constantly โ€“ even if the touching seems innocent, and that interaction is not welcome, you have a hostile workplace, especially if you asked those violating your space and your wishes to stop. Also, intimidation, threatening, and other negative behavior could also create a hostile workplace.

Being stressed or unhappy at work does not mean you work in a hostile workplace. You must have unwanted behavior that violates your rights aimed at you.

Unless you are waitstaff, your employer cannot pay less than minimum wage. In Florida, the minimum wage is $8.65, which is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. If waitstaff employers choose to take the tip credit of $3.02 per hour, they can pay waitstaff $5.63 per hour.

Contact Us For Strong Employment Law Representation/

A strong attorney can help you enforce your legal rights against powerful interests. No matter how complex your case is, our lawyers are able to present an effective argument on your behalf even in numerous large-scale matters, including class and collective action litigation in state and federal court.

 

We put our motto to practice: we get “justice for workers.” Contact our employment lawyers in Florida today for a case assessment with a knowledgeable employment law attorney. Give us a call for a consultation to learn if you have a case.

IN OUR CLIENT’S WORDS

Mitch counseled me on a difficult Florida employee-employer matter. At a number of points in the process if it wasn’t for Mitch’s sound advice and thorough follow-up by him and other members of his law firm I would have let the matter die. In the end Mitch and his firm, in my opinion, were able to draw water from a rock. This provided me with a sense that justice had prevailed, and greatly helped me to finally resolve the issue both professionally and personally. Mitch is a hardworking, no non-sense lawyer that I have known and worked with for over 12 years. He has a proven track record, and his long-term success as an attorney provides further testimony to this.

~ Benjamin J. Miele, CPA

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