Tampa Labor & Employment Lawyer
At Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian, we represent clients in all phases of cases involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Our comprehensive Tampa labor & employment lawyers includes wage and hour issues such as unpaid overtime, as well as claims for short-term and long-term disability benefits. Whatever your need in the labor and employment arena, our Tampa labor and employment lawyers can help.
Employment Discrimination As Explained by Experienced Tampa Employment Law Lawyers
Both Florida state and federal laws outlaw discrimination as the basis for any employment decision, from hiring to firing and everything in between. In order to be successful in an employment discrimination claim, the worker must be a covered employee working for a covered employer and must experience unlawful discrimination based on a protected status, such as age, race, sex, religion or disability. The resolution of these cases often place burdens on both the employer and the employee to prove discrimination or the lack thereof. We represent parties before the EEOC, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and in state and federal courts in the resolution of employment discrimination claims.
Our Tampa labor and employment lawyers handle all types of workplace sexual harassment claims, including both classic quid pro quo cases as well as hostile environment cases. Sexual harassment cases often involve the litigation of both objective and subjective factors, and every case must be thoroughly investigated to determine whether unlawful harassment occurred and whether the employer should be held liable for appropriate legal remedies, which may include job actions such as promotions, transfers or reinstatement, or money damages.
Any termination may raise questions about whether the discharge was wrongful. In addition to state and federal antidiscrimination laws like Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, workers are protected from retaliation or termination for participating in a number of protected activities, including whistleblowing about safety violations or unlawful activity, filing a workers’ compensation claim, participating in an investigation or filing a complaint. We represent clients in the litigation of these matters in courts throughout the Tampa area.
Wage and Hour
Florida workers are entitled to minimum wage and to be paid overtime at time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours per week. Disputes may arise when a worker is classified as exempt from overtime either as an independent contractor or as an exempt professional, executive or administrative employee. Our employment law practice includes representation in the resolution of wage claims and overtime disputes, expense reimbursements and other wage and hour law matters.
Our firm provides advice and representation when a worker is injured on the job and becomes disabled from working. We are experienced in workers’ compensation claims, social security disability, and personal injury claims for workplace injuries in appropriate cases. And as experienced Tampa labor and employment lawyers, we understand how laws like ERISA can impact an employee’s ability to resolve insurance disputes involving employer-provided short-term or long-term disability plans.
Contact the Tampa Labor & Employment Lawyers
In Tampa, call on Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler & Hovsepian for practical legal advice and effective advocacy in the resolution of any labor and employment matter from experienced Tampa labor & employment lawyers.