Accomplished Employment Law Attorney Serving Hillsborough & Pinellas County

st. petersburg floridaEmployment law issues have the potential to wreak havoc on our lives in significant ways that are not confined to the workspace. When you are subjected to harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, it is nearly impossible to complete your assigned duties and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Attorney Craig Berman has dedicated his career and law practice to fighting these injustices so that Florida employees are able to earn an income free of unnecessary stress and trauma.

Civil Service Hearings

If you are employed by a government body in the public sector and have experienced a violation of Florida’s employment laws in the workplace, we can help you request a civil service hearing to address your grievances. Knowledgeable employment law attorney Craig Berman has many years of trial experience and is intimately acquainted with the Hillsborough County and Pinellas County Civil Service Boards.

Contract Disputes

When you accept a position, you enter into a legal contract with your employer stating the terms of your employment. Both parties are required to uphold their end of the deal, but unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you are embroiled in a contract dispute with your employer, vendor, contractor, or other commercial entity, attorney Craig Berman can help you take the proper steps to rectify the situation.

Intellectual Property Protection

When you ideate something great, you deserve the opportunity to develop and monetize your concept without interference from competitors. In order to do so, you must take measures to register and protect your intellectual property. Craig Berman has decades of experience helping clients protect their intellectual property from competing parties, business partners, employees, contractors, and other entities who may attempt to pilfer your ideas and inventions.

Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements are intended to prevent employees from profiting off of trade secrets, client lists, and other important commercial benefits. That being said, some non-compete agreements go too far and effectively bar employees from working in their industry of choice if they choose to leave their current employment entity. Non-compete agreements are also notoriously difficult to enforce, leading to problems on both sides of the issue. Attorney Craig Berman can help you navigate difficult non-compete agreement matters so you can move forward.

Unemployment Appeals

Were you denied compensation despite meeting the requirements for unemployment benefits? If so, Craig Berman can help you request an appeal and appear with you in court to defend your right to claim those benefits. Contact our firm as soon as possible to initiate this process, as you can only claim payment for one week prior to filing your application.

Whistleblower Protection

Did you report a violation at work and are now experiencing retaliatory treatment as a result? This is illegal, but this is a very common occurrence, unfortunately. If you have been subjected to unfair treatment due to reporting a problem at work, you may have a valid legal claim against your employer for allowing whistleblower discrimination. Attorney Craig Berman can represent you to ensure this treatment ceases or that you are compensated fairly for these violations.

Family Medical Leave Violations

Most Florida employers are required to abide by the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of absence in the event of a family medical emergency. This includes pregnancy. If you were denied leave for a legitimate medical reason, your employer may very well be in violation of the FMLA. We can help you take the necessary steps to seek legal recourse.

Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

It is illegal to discriminate against employees due to their status as a protected class member. If you have experienced discrimination or harassment on the basis of your race, skin color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, citizenship status, genetic information, marital status, HIV/AIDS diagnosis, or sickle cell trait, your employer is in violation of both federal and state employment laws. Attorney Craig Berman can help you fight this injustice and correct the situation.

Wage & Hours Disputes

All employers across the country are required to conform to state and federal laws pertaining to permissible work hours and wages. If you have been taken advantage of in this way, you have rights that allow you to challenge these violations. Common wage and hour disputes include issues pertaining to overtime pay, rest periods, minimum wage, and more. Craig Berman is intimately acquainted with these laws and will represent your case until a suitable outcome is achieved.

Get the Help You Need — Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

You don’t have to accept violations of employment law and attorney Craig Berman wants to help you secure the justice and closure you deserve. If you have been harassed, discriminated against, abused, or threatened in the workplace, help is just around the corner. Call us now to schedule a free consultation and get started building your case.

Berman Law Firm, P.A. provides esteemed legal counsel for a wide array of employment and labor law issues and matters. Contact our St. Petersburg office today at (727) 550-8989 to schedule a complimentary appointment with an attorney who is not only successful, but also cares about the well-being of his clients.