Representation for Plaintiffs and Defense in Employment Law

Employment Contracts

Our certified employment law attorney can help employers and employees with contract disputes, or provide the expertise to help prevent these types of disagreements. We can assist in the drafting, negotiating, review, and analysis of all employment-related contracts, including non-compete, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, independent contractor agreements, compensation or commission plans, and separation agreements or releases. Legal language can be complex and difficult to understand, and review by a lawyer can ensure a contract is meeting the goals and expectations of business owners and employees.

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Employment Discrimination

State and federal laws protect employees from discrimination in the workplace based on their race, nationality, gender or sex, age (over 40), religion, disability, or pregnancy. If an employer denies employment or equal wages, harasses, treats adversely, or terminates an employee based on any of these factors, it is considered illegal discrimination. Employees have a right to complain about discrimination without fear of retaliation, and if it continues or accelerates, an employment law case can be filed. Kelly Chanfrau is a certified employment lawyer and provides expertise on employment discrimination to help employees or employers. 

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Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal statute designed to protect employees from discrimination or retaliation if they are forced to leave work due to a medical condition or to care for a close family member. The FMLA applies if an employee has worked for 12 consecutive months for an employer that is a public agency or school, or any business with 50 or more employees. Pregnancy leave, childbirth, and adoption are covered by the FMLA, with an employee entitled to take up to 12 work weeks of leave within a year. Chanfrau & Chanfrau is committed to protecting the rights of employees to take family leave without fear of wrongful termination, demotion, or other adverse action.

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Overtime and Wage Dispute

Wage and hour disputes can pertain to various areas of labor law, including unpaid salary, paychecks, or commissions, overtime or vacation pay, minimum wage, or any unauthorized deduction of an employee's wages. It is common for disputes to occur regarding these practices and other issues. Our certified employment law attorney represents both employees and employers in wage and hour disputes, and provides legal advice to help employers avoid potential liability.

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Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can take many forms, including unwanted comments, touching, sharing of offensive material, threats, or special treatment for sexual favors. An employee who complains about sexual harassment should not suffer retaliation for making the complaint, and if he or she is fired, it may be considered wrongful termination. Many employers are uninformed about the need to educate their employees to prevent harassment and a hostile work environment. Our employment law experts aggressively represent victims of sexual harassment, and also offer assistance to employers to defend or prevent this legal problem.

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Whistle-Blower Retaliation

A whistle-blower is an employee who complains about the illegal or unethical activity of an employer or coworkers. Whistle-blowers sometimes suffer retaliation by the employer or coworkers for reporting misconduct, and may experience harassment, a demotion, or even wrongful termination. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for blowing the whistle regarding activity such as regulatory, safety or law violations, fraud, or danger to public health and safety. Even if the claim turns out to be unfounded, employer retaliation is prohibited by law. If you are a victim of retaliation resulting from a complaint you made, contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau for legal help.

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Minimum Wage Disputes

Wage and hour employment standards are governed by state and federal labor laws. Employers are expected to pay hourly employees a legal minimum wage (currently $7.93 in Florida for all but exempt employees) with time and a half for overtime work, and to provide lunch and rest breaks for employees working a set number of hours. Failure to meet these standards not only creates financial stress for an employee, but can also endanger the livelihood of their dependents. Our attorney can protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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