Fort Lauderdale Employment Law Attorneys
Fighting for the Rights of Florida Employees Since 1982
A good job is often much more than a simple paycheck. For many, it is a career, a means of independence and a source of pride. This is why it is often so devastating when your job or future is put at risk because of the illegal acts of your employer.
Whether you are a victim of:
- Sexual harassment
- Unlawful discrimination
- Wrongful termination
- Employer retaliation
- Illegal activity in the workplace
You need a law firm in your corner that will aggressively fight to protect your rights and career ― you need The Amlong Firm.
We are trial lawyers and opposing law firms know it. Because we are willing to go to trial, we are often able to obtain better settlements than other firms with a reputation for avoiding court. Let us put our experience and hard-earned reputation to work for you.
Tell Us About Your Case. We’ll Tell You How We Can Help.
Not only is our team of attorneys and paralegals as diverse as the clients we serve, but our firm's founder, Karen Coolman Amlong, has many years of legal experience — meaning we can handle any employment law claim under Florida or federal law, including claims related to:
Sexual harassment and hostile work environment: While sexual predators do exist in the workplace, most sexual harassment is discrimination, plain and simple. It is about power and often has very little to do with sex. In many cases, it is simply a way to put women employees down and make their jobs so unpleasant that they do not ever want to come back. We can help you fight predatory and discriminatory acts that involve sexual advances in the workplace.
Discrimination based on gender: Time and time again, we see instances in which men are simply assumed to know how to do their jobs while women have to constantly prove their competence. Women's mistakes are remembered long after men's are forgotten. If you are a victim of discrimination because of your gender, we can help you fight back.
Discrimination based on age: Many people who are now in their 50s and 60s were activists during their college years and therefore understand the importance of protecting their rights. These baby boomers are not going to put up with being discriminated against at work simply because of unfair stereotypes about age, and neither will we.
Pregnancy discrimination and caregiver discrimination: Sadly, when you get pregnant or need to take care of a loved one, some employers will punish you by withholding a promotion, cutting your hours or firing you. It is truly unfortunate when employers choose to engage in such discriminatory actions, particularly in instances when employees are simply exercising theirrights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). If your rights were denied or violated in any way, contact us for help.
Discrimination based on race, religion or national origin: While South Florida is home to many diverse cultures and groups, that does not mean everyone gets along. Indeed, many view South Florida as a melting pot that simply refuses to melt — and this is often reflected in our workplaces. At The Amlong Firm, our lawyers are sophisticated enough to recognize the many signs and symptoms of race and national origin discrimination in the workplace. We appreciate the nuanced differences among Florida multi-cultured black and Latin communities, and we’re here to help make sure they’re fairly represented in the workplace.
LGBT rights: Despite the large gay and lesbian communities in South Florida, there are surprisingly no federal or state laws that explicitly protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Fortunately, however, city and county ordinances clearly provide certain rights — as do aggressive, creative interpretations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act. In addition, other traditional common-law remedies may be available. When representing your case, we’ll explore every legal avenue available in order to determine the best angle and approach for your case.
Whistleblower and retaliation claims: You should not have to keep quiet in a job where illegal things are happening. Neither should you have to fear retaliation or getting fired from your job for reporting something you sincerely believe is against the law — or even for simply refusing to join in the illegal activity. The law protects you in these situations, and we’re here to uphold the law on your behalf. We’re in this together.
Wage-and-hour claims: Whether your employer is withholding your wages, not paying you overtime, or forcing you to work off the clock, you have rights. While many wage-and-hour claims are small, others are quite large. Your employer will also have to pay your attorney fees and litigation costs if you are forced to sue to get what you are owed and win. Let us help you in the fight for what’s rightfully owed to you.
Wrongful termination claims: If your employer has wrongfully terminated you or breached an employment contract, we can help. Our lawyers know how to read contracts to ensure that our clients are actually getting what they were promised, not what they think they are getting, or to determine when a binding promise has been broken.
Noncompete agreements: Using our in-depth understanding of contract and employment law, we review proposed noncompete agreements on behalf of employees to determine whether the terms are unduly restrictive. When our clients face unduly limiting covenants not to compete, we vigorously challenge them.
Employee misconduct defense: Whether you are a public employee, licensed professional or financial industry professional, we can help protect your job if you have been accused of misconduct.