Labor & Employment Law
Our Labor & Employment Law practice group represents employers by actively counseling management and human resource professionals on a wide range of issues related to the workplace.
The firm’s Labor & Employment Law attorneys maintain active litigation practices, representing both private and public sector employers before state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.
The Labor & Employment Law practice group also endeavors to resolve employment law disputes efficiently and cost-effectively by seeking to prevent expensive and protracted litigation whenever possible by working closely with business owners, management and human resource professionals to identify, evaluate and minimize legal risks associated with contemplated business/employment activities in advance of litigation.
In addition to representing employers in the prevention or litigation of discrimination claims based on age, disability, race, sex, sexual harassment, marital status, national origin, religion, and/or other protected class, as well as claims arising out of wage disputes, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the whistleblower acts, our attorneys are also actively involved in drafting and litigating employment contracts and restrictive covenant (non-competition) agreements. Additionally, we are experienced in the review, preparation and administration of personnel policy manuals, drug and alcohol testing programs, arbitration agreements, and separation agreements. Similarly, we frequently advise clients concerning legal issues associated with pre-employment and post-employment screening, polygraphs, information disclosure, wage and hour investigations, plant closings, reductions in force, union avoidance, and discipline and discharge.
Rachel D. Gebaide
Chair, Labor & Employment Law Practice Group