Fort Lauderdale Labor & Employment Law

The law firm of Mark J. Berkowitz, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale provides professional guidance an counseling in a wide variety of labor and employment law practice areas. We offer legal and practical advice in the following subject areas:

  • Wrongful Termination: Counseling those employees who have lost their jobs due to unlawful discrimination, under either Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or the Florida Civil Rights Act and or retaliation.
  • Non-Compete Agreements: Reviewing limitations and the possible enforcement of non-compete agreements, as contained in employment contracts, or as part of non-solicitation covenants.
  • Employment Contracts: Drafting and reviewing employment contracts and agreements, in order to lessen the impact of the Florida “employment at will doctrine.”
  • Tortious Interference With A Business Relationship: Representing an employee who may have lost his job or clients, based upon unlawful interference by an employer.
  • Worker’s Compensation Retaliation: Advising those employees who may have been terminated due to their intention to file a worker’s compensation claim.
  • Sexual Harassment: Evaluating claims of harassment based upon gender discrimination, covering both “hostile environment” sexual harassment, as well as “quid pro quo” sexual harassment.
  • Long-Term Disability Claims: Filing appeals due to the denial of long terms disability claims, either with the insurance company or in federal court, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) of 1974.
  • Pension Claims: Consultation and representation on pension issues, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) of 1974.
  • School Law Administrative Hearings: Providing representation for Florida teachers who have lost their jobs before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings. (“DOAH”)
  • Wage/Hour Overtime: Addressing overtime and minimum wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Florida Minimum Wage Act.
  • Arbitration Hearings: Providing representation for union members and bargaining unit members for wrongful discharge, or other breaches of pertinent collective bargaining agreements.
  • Federal Employees: Providing representation for federal employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Merit System Protection Board. (“MSPB”).
  • County Employees: Providing representation for county employees in administrative hearings and or personnel boards, which address issues of wrongful discharge.
  • State Employees: Providing representation for career service employees, due to suspensions or terminations, before the Public Employees Relations Commission.
  • Discrimination: Representing employees who have suffered discrimination in the work place, based upon a suspect classification, such as age, race, gender, national origin or religion, because of the conduct of the employer or co-workers.
  • Whistle-blower Claims: Representing employees who have suffered from a negative job action, due to the fact that the employee refused to perform an act in the work place which violated a law, rule or regulation.
  • Retaliation: Representing employees who have engaged in protected activity, or filed complaints, against their employers; and thereafter, those employees have been dismissed, demoted or suspended.