Stephanie is an effective advocate for clients and efficiently works with clients to deliver pragmatic and thoughtful solutions in all aspects of labor and employment matters ranging from counseling services to litigation matters. Stephanie partners with her clients to determine the best way to meet their goals, including developing employment policies, negotiating early case resolutions, or aggressively and cost-effectively defending her clients against claims brought in state or federal court.
Stephanie has litigated a broad spectrum of single-plaintiff claims including unusual and complex claims involving the following:
- Title VII
- Florida Civil Rights Act
- 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (Section 1981)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
Stephanie is admitted to practice in Florida’s state and federal courts and the District of Columbia and routinely represents employers before administrative agencies along with state and federal court.
Stephanie defends employers in claims of discrimination in the hiring process based on a candidate’s immigration status. In this role, she counsels employers through the government’s complex audit and investigation into employer’s hiring policies and practices.
Restrictive Covenant Practice
Stephanie assists clients in protecting their confidential information and trade secrets by drafting restrictive covenant agreements, including restricting the use of confidential information and trade secrets as well as prohibiting the solicitation of customers and employers. Stephanie advises clients on best practices on protecting, preserving, and recovering both their property and damages. Stephanie regularly represents clients in lawsuits involving breach of restrictive covenants and other employment agreements.
In addition, Stephanie advises employers on a wide range of workplace issues and legal considerations, including the development of personnel policies, hiring, disciplining, terminating, reasonable accommodations, FMLA leave, workplace investigations, non-competition agreements, severance agreements, employee training, and other duties and liabilities of employers.
Stephanie has extensive experience representing employers in various industries, including:
- Automotive and trucking
- Beverage manufacturing and bottling
- Convenience retail
- Defense contracting
- Health care
- Independent delivery services
- Professional staffing
- Workwear and textile services