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11th Circuit Holds Discrimination Against Transgendered Employee Violates Equal Protection Clause

In Glenn v. Brumby, 1:08-CV-02360-RWS (11th Cir. December 6, 2011), the court found that a governmental employer violates the Equal Protection Clause’s prohibition of sex-based discrimination when it terminates an employee because of gender-nonconformity when the employee announces that he or she is planning to transition from one sex to another. The case is significant because it contradicts earlier cases that relied on Congress’s intent in passing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to find that the law only protected against discrimination so that the sexes would be treated equally and did not protect those who were transitioning.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationGovernment AffairsFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesAlexander L. Palenzuela-MauriBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Alexander L. Palenzuela-Mauri

Robert Meyers, Former Executive Director of Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Named Of Counsel at WSH

This week, Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. announced the addition of attorney Robert Meyers to our Municipal Government, Governmental Litigation and Special Counsel to Local Government Practice Areas. Robert will be Of Counsel to the firm, and will concentrate his practice on governmental ethics. Robert is the immediate past Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. During his thirteen year tenure as Director, he authored hundreds of ethical opinions tackling State, county and municipal ethics codes. Robert also assisted in the drafting of model ethics codes and amendments to existing ethics codes in Miami-Dade County and other local governments. Robert often publishes and lectures on topics of ethics and government leadership.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesFlorida City Government WeekAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderGail D. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysRobert Meyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSHPC&B's Alison Smith Is the New Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association in South Florida

Alison F. Smith, an associate in our Broward office, has been elected as the Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association, a voluntary bar association in South Florida with more than 150 lawyers in both the private and public sector that has partnered with numerous international powerhouse organizations to call attention to Caribbean-American issues.  In addition to her new position, Alison provides a substantial amount of her time to the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, a program devoted to improving professionalism and ethics for both the bar and bench. Alison also served as the President of the Student Bar Association at Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and also served on the NSU Law Review.

You can read more about the Caribbean Bar Association and its mission here.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Changes to Florida Statutes Place Greater Restrictions on Public Employee Bonuses and Severance Pay

On June 17, 2011, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 88 (the “Bill”) into law, which amends Section 215.425, Florida Statutes, in two material ways. As summarized below, the Bill contains significant restrictions on bonuses and severance pay for public employees.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersSenate Bill 88Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaChad S. FriedmanBrett J. SchneiderRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Raquel Elejabarrieta

Congress Votes to Ban National Labor Relations Board from Telling a Company Where to Operate

Reacting to ongoing criticism about aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co.’s decision to move its 787 production plant to South Carolina, Congress voted by a vote of 238 to 186 to ban the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) from telling a company where it can operate.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

Changes Made to the Definition of Misconduct Under the Florida Unemployment Statutes

With unemployment on the rise, the number of claims filed for unemployment compensation benefits has soared. On June 27, 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed new legislation which expands the meaning of misconduct under the unemployment compensation statutes.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderFlorida LegislatureUnemployment CompensationEmployee MisconductSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Alison F. Smith

PERC Victory for WSHPC&B Attorneys Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission ("PERC") issued a Final Order yesterday dismissing an International Union of Painters and Allied Trades' unfair labor practice charge against the City of Deerfield Beach. Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta represented the City in the unfair labor practice proceeding before PERC.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. Schneider
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta Win Arbitration For City Of Deerfield Beach

On August 2, the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission issued a Final Order in favor of the City of Deerfield Beach in a claim filed against the City by a former City mechanic alleging that his layoff from city employment violated state veterans' preference law. Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta represented the City in this matter. The Commission upheld the Hearing Officer's recommendations on procedural and substantive issues, all of which were favorable to the City.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersCollective BargainingRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. Schneider
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

New Bonus And Severance Pay Restrictions For Public Employees Starts Now

On June 17, 2011, the Governor signed Senate Bill 88, which limits the amount of severance and/or bonus a governmental entity may provide to a contractual employee. The law explicitly provides that no extra compensation shall be made to any officer, agent, employee or contractor after service has been rendered or a contract entered into unless the compensation is allowed by a law enacted by two-thirds of both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Although contracts entered into before July 1, 2011 are grandfathered, municipalities, counties and other units of government in Florida will be required to comply with the new restrictions limiting the availability of bonuses and severance pay for contractual employees.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersSenate Bill 88Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaChad S. FriedmanBrett J. SchneiderRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

WSHPC&B Wins Arbitration Victory For Public Employer

On June 29, 2011, our Firm obtained a significant arbitration victory for the City of Lauderhill in a labor dispute with AFSCME Local 2942. Brett J. Schneider and Alison F. Smith successfully defended the City against claims that the City violated its collective bargaining agreement when it laid off several employees without honoring their right to "bump" (replace) employees in the same classification with less seniority. In his decision, the arbitrator stated that the evidence showed that the City acted in good faith and was faithful to its contractual responsibilities under the agreement.

Click here to read the Opinion & Final Award.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara