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Labor & Employment

Focus On Local Business – SCB Article Featured In Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine ~ January Issue

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

By Kelly Charles-Collins Every year around the holidays, there is a big push to celebrate “small” businesses – Small Business Saturday.  But small businesses should be celebrated year-round.  According to the Small Business Administration, there are 28 million “small” businesses in America, which account for 54% of all U.S. Sales.  Additionally, more than the 600,000 plus franchised small businesses employ some 8 million people.  “Since 1990, as big business eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses added 8 million new jobs.”[1]…

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SCB Wins Summary Judgment on Multi-Count Federal and State Law Discrimination, Retaliation and Breach of Contract Claim and Obtained Final Judgment on Behalf of National Advertising Agency for Auto Dealers

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

Written by Kelly Charles-Collins, Esq.  Partner  Plaintiff was a General Sales Manager who was terminated by the Advertising Agency for poor job performance, including insubordination, failure to follow instructions and exhibiting a poor attitude.  Plaintiff was repeatedly warned about his deficient performance but failed to heed those warnings and refused to correct his behavior.  Regardless, Plaintiff filed an eight-count lawsuit in federal court claiming discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Florida…

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Kelly Charles-Collins on That Business Show!

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

October 24, 2016 5:56 pm Kelly Charles-Collins, Partner with Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett appeared on That Business Show with Jamie Meloni to discuss Labor and Employment Law and its importance to Florida businesses. A problem too often encountered by business owners is thinking about legal representation only as a reaction to a lawsuit or an issue. Kelly emphasized to business owners tuning in that Employment Lawyers serve both a preventive and reactive role and are a necessary part of a…

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Employer Liability – Virtually Certain Defined

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

On September 15, 2014, Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals (covering central Florida from Orlando through Daytona) published a new opinion reversing a trial court jury verdict of $2.4M, and held that there was not clear and convincing evidence of a virtual certainty of injury in the case. In R.L. Haines Construction, LLC v. Santamaria, etc., et. al., Fifth District Court of Appeal, Case No.: 5d13-1937, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D2017a, Evan Santamaria, widow of decedent Victor Lizarraga, brought wrongful…

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