Established Tampa Labor and Employment Defense Lawyers

HR Wellness Checkup®

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin

How healthy is your company’s HR? Whether you have 1 or 500 employees, it’s important to regularly assess your company’s HR policies, benefits and required notices, records and procedures ensuring compliance with the law preventing potential risks associated with the employer/employee relationship.

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Choose Us

With over 17 years of experience representing management and business owners in labor and employment matters, Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett  is the go to firm for Tampa businesses. The employer/employee relationship continues to experience expanded regulation by federal, state and local agencies.

As a business owner, you need experienced lawyers who can help you navigate this landscape.

We believe that all businesses, no matter the size, should be protected. That’s why our labor and employment practice focuses on small to medium sized businesses with an emphasis on preventive counseling.  We refer to it as our “Proactive Risk Management” model.

An employment lawyer is not a luxury, we are an essential as part of your team.

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We offer fixed fee rate plan for certain essential legal services.

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What We Do

Our experienced employment defense lawyers will assist you with handling:

  • complaints from disgruntled employees
  • training your personnel
  • ensuring document compliance
  • providing day-to-day counseling all in an effort to proactively minimize risk associated with employment claims.

We also provide day-to-day preventive counseling for employers, defend EEOC and other administrative charges, conduct internal investigations, train personnel, review and draft employment policies, assess and implement workplace solutions and defend unemployment compensation claims.

Who We Represent

We represent employers in matters including:

  • Title VII
  • ADEA
  • FMLA
  • ADA
  • sexual harassment
  • wrongful discharge
  • retaliation
  • whistleblower
  • federal and state wage and hour laws
  • state tort claims
  • federal and state wage and hour laws
  • restrictive covenant agreements, including non-compete provisions

Whether you receive a demand letter, a charge of discrimination or a lawsuit, our employment defense lawyers are here to guide you every step of the way.

One of Florida’s Top Employer Defense Litigation FirmsContact Us

Did you know? In 2015, …

        • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 92,000 charges of discrimination
          – 7,158 of those were filed in Florida
        • The EEOC secured more than $525 million for employees who filed discrimination charges
          – $356 million in private sector state and local government workplaces
          – $65.3 million through litigation
          – $105.7 million for federal employees and applicants
        • The EEOC filed 142 lawsuits alleging discrimination (100 individual suits; 42 class actions)

SCB About Us:
Labor & Employment

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Discrimination in the Workplace:
Part 1 Sexual Orientation

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Part 2 Religion

Discrimination in the Workplace:
Part 3 Disabilities