Fort Lauderdale Employment Lawyers For The Ever-changing Job Market
The employment lawyers at Michael L. Feinstein, P.A. advise employees and employers on a broad range of employment issues, from counseling clients to prevent violation of state and/or federal employment laws, to settling or litigating employment disputes. We represent clients in employment matters in Fort Lauderdale and across the State of Florida.
We provide representation in the full range of strategic employment issues, including:
- Preparation and Negotiation of Employment Contracts;
- Review and Preparation of:
- Termination and Severance Agreements;
- Non-Compete Agreements;
- Review, Preparation and Revision of Policy Manuals;
- Litigation of Wrongful Termination and Employment Discrimination Claims.
Our litigation experience encompasses employment matters such as:
- Restrictive Covenants
- Trade Secrets
- Employment Contracts
Employment law covers a complex network of laws that control how employers must treat employees, former employees, and applicants for employment. Our Fort Lauderdale employment lawyers regularly help employers develop policies and structure transactions in compliance with the increasing number of state and federal employment laws and regulations.
Background On Employment Law
Generally, employment law is a discrete area of practice that governs the relationship between employers and employees. Employment law involves employment discrimination litigation which includes discrimination claims of race, sex, age, disability and other employment-related claims. Discrimination and harassment cases involve the relationships between people in the workplace and involve very human characteristics which are not frequently found in other forms of litigation.
There are various federal laws which prohibit job discrimination. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 is designed to protect men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older. Tile I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits employment discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in state and local governments as well as the private sector. Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities who work in the federal government. Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits employment discrimination based on genetic information about an applicant, employee or former employee and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 which, among other things, provides monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) enforces these laws. There are additional federal laws that govern employment cases but these are some seminal federal statutes that govern this area of the law.
The state of Florida also has various laws which govern employment law. For example, Florida has a Commission on Human Relations which is designed to prevent unlawful discrimination by ensuring people in Florida are treated fairly and are given access to opportunities in employment, housing and certain public education. Also, Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, sets forth the requirements for public employers to provide preferences in employment, retention, and promotion to eligible veterans and spouses of veterans who are Florida residents.
Another component of employment law includes counseling employers and employees through all aspects of the employment relationship from the initial hiring through the termination of an employee. An employment lawyer will help the employer and employee navigate the legal issues from the inception of the employment relationship through the termination. The employment law field is constantly evolving and attorneys must adapt to the ever changing job market.