Whittel & Melton, LLC is a Florida law firm of trial lawyers. Just as we have worked to become experienced and deserving of respect in the legal field, we believe that you also are deserving of respect and adherence to Florida and Federal laws by your employers and in your work environment. Call us today, 866-608-5529 and let us get to work for you!
We represent Florida employees in all types of cases including Wrongful Termination, Unpaid Wages & Overtime, Minimum Wage Violations, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination (Race, Religion, Sex/Gender, Age, Pregnancy, Disability), Wrongful Termination, Non-Compete and Solicitation Agreements, Retaliation, Whistle Blower Protection, Collective and Class Action Lawsuits and Qui Tam cases.
Whittel & Melton is proud to be a firm of lawyers who collectively have received exceptional legal awards and designations. Attorney Jay Lechner is Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law. Board Certification is the only expert or specialization acknowledged by the Florida Bar and only a very small number of Florida attorneys have qualified as such in the Labor and Employment niche. Additionally, our lawyers have been designated as AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, selected as Super Lawyers in multiple areas of practice, rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Law Firms,” picked for Legal Elite in Florida Trend magazine and bestowed Life membership in the Multi-Million and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Whittel & Melton handles negotiation and settlement of Severance and Termination Agreements, EEOC charges, State and Federal labor & employment lawsuits, Mediation, Arbitration, Jury and Non Jury or Bench Trials and State and Federal Appeals.
Examples of successful Unpaid Overtime and Wage claims may involve employers who schedule an employee to work many hours one week, but only a few hours the next week to avoid paying the overtime during a two-week cycle; employees working “off-the-clock” time before or after a shift or punching into the clock; misclassifying “salary” employee as opposed to an employee that is entitled to overtime.
There are some exempted employees from state and federal overtime laws such as professionals, executives, some salespersons, and a portion of truck drivers. However, the best way to know whether you are exempted or have a viable claim is to call and ask for a consultation so that we can offer our advice on the topic of your exempt status.
With three offices in Florida, Whittel & Melton lawyers are available to handle Labor and Employment matters in all state and federal courthouses. Our Tampa Bay office in St. Petersburg commonly handles employment disputes in Clearwater, Pinellas and Pasco County, Sarasota and Manatee County, Tampa, Hillsborough County, Polk County and Orlando. Our South Florida location in Boca Raton commonly handles cases in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Broward County, West Palm Beach, Naples and other counties and municipalities. Our Hernando County office in Spring Hill handles North and Central Florida labor and employment matters. In Spring Hill we commonly work to resolve employment cases that arise in Brooksville, Inverness and Citrus County, Ocala and Marion County, Gainesville and Alachua County, Jacksonville and Duval County, Tallahassee, The Villages and Sumter and Lake County and various other Florida communities.
Our firm has been recognized for its depth of knowledge on all employment issues facing employees of regulated and non-regulated segments of our local economy. Our lawyers have both experience in the public sector and private sector. Our lawyers have worked in both the state and federal government in agencies such as United States Navy, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Florida, U.S. District Court, M.D. of FL, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Pasco County, Pinellas County and Manatee County Public Defenders Office, Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office. Additionally, our background includes legal and non-legal positions in small, mid size and large private corporations. We draw on this varied experience as we work at the intersection of private businesses and small and large government entities to better represent our clients in Labor and Employment grievances.