Labor & Employment Lawyers in Tampa, FL
Cantrell Astbury Kranz, P.A., known as Premier Litigators, is one of the few Tampa law firms that have a group of attorneys dedicated exclusively to employment law. Our Tampa labor and employment attorneys represent individuals and select businesses in all employment law matters, including, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, unpaid wages, executive compensation, wrongful discharge, family and medical leave laws, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
We understand that few life events can be more difficult than a career-related legal problem. We take our role as trusted advisors and advocates seriously. Our Tampa employment attorneys are leaders in Florida employment law and are respected by opposing attorneys and judges. Contact us today for a free initial conversation with one of our Tampa labor and employment lawyers at 1-877-858-6868 or email@example.com.
Below provides a summary of our credentials, Tampa employment law services we provide, and frequently asked questions.
OUR TAMPA EMPLOYMENT LAW ATTORNEYS
Hiring an employment lawyer in Tampa is a very important decision. For some employment law disputes, you may end up working with the attorney you hire for a year or longer. Our Tampa employment law practice is made up of leading Tampa employment lawyers. Here are just a few highlights of the employment attorneys in our Tampa employment law practice group:
- Substantial experience: Most of our employment attorneys have practiced at least 10 years, almost exclusively in employment law.
- Elite credentials: Our employment attorneys graduated in the top 10% of their law class or attended elite law schools (such as Harvard).
- Leaders in the field: Our employment attorneys provide seminars and trainings on advanced employment law topics to leading businesses, human resource professionals, and even other attorneys.
- Award-winning: Our Tampa employment lawyers have been selected for Super-Lawyers and Best Lawyers, obtained AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell, and were selected for Florida Legal Elite. Each of these awards is based on a peer-review system.
Our attorneys are known for their extreme responsiveness, respect among opposing counsel and judges, and powerful advocacy. Contact us for a free case evaluation at 1-877-858-6868 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES WE HANDLE IN TAMPA, FL
Our Tampa employment law practice covers virtually all employment law matters. The following is a list of common employment law matters for which we are retained to provide counseling or litigation services:
- Commissions and bonuses
- Wage and hour laws, including overtime (FLSA)
- Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation (Title VII)
- Hostile work environment (Title VII)
- Employment agreements
- Restrictive covenants, including non-competes and non-solicits
- Severance agreements
- Trade secrets
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In addition, we are well-versed in employment laws that are unique to Florida, including for example:
- Florida Civil Rights Act
- Florida Whistleblower Act
- Florida Minimum Wage Act
- Florida Unpaid Wage Attorney-Fee Statute
- Florida Workplace Drug Testing Laws
- Florida Leave Laws
- Florida’s Restrictive Covenant Statute (non-competes, non-solicits, non-disclosures)
In Hillsborough County, Florida, which includes Tampa, businesses are also subject to the Hillsborough County Human Rights Ordinance.
LET US ADVOCATE FOR YOU
Our Tampa employment attorneys are leaders in Florida employment law and are known and respected by opposing attorneys and judges. We earned our stellar reputation by having attorneys with top credentials who share a dedication to specializing in employment law, powerful advocacy, and collaboration with our clients. We look forward to speaking with you.
TAMPA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COURTS
Tampa is located in Hillsborough County, Florida. There are federal and state courts in Hillsborough County. The federal court in Tampa is part of the U.S. Middle District of Florida. The state circuit court is part of the Florida Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Our Tampa labor and employment lawyers regularly practice in both the federal and state courts in Hillsborough County. Because of that, they are intimately familiar with the judges and opposing counsel who regularly practice in these courts.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is lawful to terminate someone for a bad reason, no reason, or even a misunderstanding of the facts – so long as the reason for termination is not illegal. What constitutes a wrongful termination? It is unlawful to terminate an employee for any basis protected by federal or state law. There are many federal and state laws that relate to wrongful termination. The most well-known federal law is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of age, sex, religion, pregnancy, and national origin.
Under Florida law, the Florida Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination for the same reasons as Title VII. There is a large body of judge-made law that interprets and applies Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act. It is important you speak with an attorney to know your rights under federal and Florida law.
Under both federal and Florida law, workplace sexual harassment is considered a form of unlawful discrimination. The elements to establish a claim of hostile work environment in Florida are: (i) the harassment occurred because of the person’s sex; (ii) the harassment was sufficiently pervasive or severe to alter the conditions of the person’s employment and create an abusive working environment.
As stated by a federal court in Tampa, harassment is sufficiently severe or pervasive when it is so offensive as to alter the conditions of the person’s employment. Martinez v. Pavex Corp., 422 F. Supp. 2d 1284, 1292 (M.D. Fla. 2006)
Factors that Florida courts consider when determining whether a hostile work environment exists include:
- Frequency of the hostile conduct
- Severity of the hostile conduct
- Whether the conduct is physically threatening or humiliating (as opposed to a one-off insult)
- Whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with the person’s job performance
Non-compete, non-solicit, and non-disclosure agreements are all forms of restrictive covenants. Under Florida law, restrictive covenants are governed by Fla. Stat. § 542.335
Under the Florida restrictive covenant statute, the following criteria must be satisfied to enforce a non-compete or non-solicit:
- The agreement must be signed by the person against whom enforcement is sought.
- The company seeking enforcement must show the existence of one or more legitimate business interests, such as protecting confidential information, substantial customer or patient relationships, or intellectual property.
- The company seeking enforcement must show the restraint at issue is reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate business interests justifying the restraint.
There are also many statutory and contract law defenses to prevent the enforcement of a non-compete or non-solicit in Tampa, Florida.
If you have questions about a non-compete or non-solicit agreement or have received a cease-and-desist letter or been sued, contact us at 1-877-858-6868 or email@example.com.
In Florida, you may be entitled to commissions or bonuses based on an oral agreement. A written agreement is not required. It is prudent, however, to reduce an oral agreement to writing. Even an email recapping the oral agreement is helpful. That helps avoid ambiguity over the terms and existence of the agreement should there be disagreements later.