Why Employers Need an Employment Lawyer – Preventing Lawsuits
The best way to handle employment-related lawsuits is to avoid them altogether. Unfortunately, most small to mid-sized companies need to focus their energy and efforts on revenue-generating activities – not on workplace compliance or personnel issues. As a result, workplace compliance and personnel issues can, and often do, “fall through the cracks.” Moreover, even for those companies that focus a part of their time and energy on workplace compliance and personnel issues, navigating all of the complex and convoluted employment laws can be a difficult and arduous task.
Storrings Law, a Coral Springs-based law firm, can help your company avoid employment problems by implementing protocols and strategies that reduce the risk of lawsuits. This includes, but is not limited to, developing harassment protocols, developing protocols for new hires, developing employee discipline protocols, identifying and correcting potential workplace safety issues and complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), complying with Department of Labor regulations, complying with the Affordable Care Act, preparing employee handbooks, preparing non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements, reviewing employee classifications and compensation arrangements, preparing severance agreements, as well as providing advice on potential ADA, demotion and termination issues.
Moreover, when litigation strikes, we will work with you to develop efficient and effective strategies for handling the lawsuit.
Why Employers and Employees Need an Employment Lawyer – When Lawsuits Strike
In Florida, employment is generally “at will.” Essentially, this means that either the employee or the employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause. However, it is illegal for an employer to take an adverse employment action (such as a termination or a demotion) against an employee (or create an atmosphere of hostility against an employee which forces the employee to resign, which is commonly referred to as a “constructive discharge”) based on any characteristic protected by local, State or Federal law. There are a number of specific characteristics that are protected, including but not limited to, the following:
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Gender/sex-based Discrimination
- Immigration-related Discrimination
- Military Service-based Discrimination
- Pregnancy Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
There are also a number of laws which protect an employee’s right to compensation and/or overtime (such as the Fair Labor Standards Act).
At Storrings Law, a Coral Springs-based law firm, we understand both sides of these disputes. That is why we provide legal counsel to employers facing employment-related lawsuits, and to employees contemplating employment-related lawsuits. Storrings law has extensive experience handling employment claims and lawsuits, including claims brought before the EEOC, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the Division of Administrative Hearings, state and federal courts. When you work with us, you can be confident that your interests are being vigorously represented by a skilled employment lawyer.
Handling Employment-Related Lawsuits
At Storrings Law, a Coral Springs-based law firm, we understand that each case is unique and therefore, requires a unique approach. For that reason, from the outset, we will meet with you to discuss the case so that we can jointly develop an effective legal strategy. We firmly believe that consistent communication is the key to effectively litigating and defending claims, and our pledge to each client is that in addition to providing effective and efficient legal services, we will consistently communicate with you throughout the case so that you are well-informed, and thoroughly involved, each step of the way.