Labor & Employment Law
The goal of this practice area is to partner with clients from proactive education to guidance on day-to-day questions and issues and continuing through to complaint resolution, either through mediation or trial. Specific experience of team members in each stage provides the client with comprehensive and efficient representation.
Our labor and employment division has handled multi-state corporations and litigation, including class action claims. Attorneys have handled employment discrimination matters for national corporations, trying matters in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Arizona, California, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, New York, Connecticut, and Arkansas. We have responded to EEOC charges in each of those jurisdictions and have represented the clients in those states in both federal and state courts.
Additionally, our labor and employment attorneys have developed expertise and an excellent reputation representing employers sued for unpaid wages and overtime. We also regularly represent employers in U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) wage and hour audits, where we have achieved excellent results. Our attorneys have developed collegial relationships with the DOL’s district director in Tampa, investigators, and attorneys in the regional solicitor’s office in Atlanta. One of our attorneys participated as a co-panelist on wage and hour presentations with the DOL’s Tampa district director.
Our attorneys have worked with employers including Florida Blood Services (most recently in 2010) in developing their Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) and have successfully defended those plans in Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audits. While a number of questions were raised about Florida Blood Services, Inc.’s AAP, as is typical, we ultimately convinced OFCCP to close its audit with no negative findings.
The Firm has provided representation to a number of employers in Florida and other states in their efforts to defeat union organizing campaigns. Our labor and employment law team includes an attorney who was formerly a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.
Our Firm’s lawyers also have expertise in ERISA matters, having extensive experience litigating a variety of ERISA claims including fiduciary duty claims, denial of benefits claims, and COBRA. We have successfully defended clients in administrative enforcement proceedings in federal agencies, including both the IRS and EBSA. We also regularly advise clients on administration of ERISA-governed plans, including plan interpretation and compliance.
Communication is the cornerstone of this practice group – involving clients early in the settlement process so they have the benefit of the full picture when making resolution decisions. Often times, an aggressive initial discovery can lead to favorable results in a negotiation. A number of times, we have achieved mediated resolutions, which were far better than what a mediator believed was the settlement value, or even what likely could have been obtained after trial. Communication throughout the process makes this type of result possible.
Respected in the legal and human resources communities, our attorneys are regularly called upon for article publication and speaking engagements.