Gail has extensive experience in the area of labor and employment law.
She advises private and public sector management clients regarding preventive measures in employment and labor law matters involving discrimination, harassment, and retaliation (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Florida Civil Rights Act); wage and hour issues (Fair Labor Standards Act and Florida Minimum Wage Act); restrictive covenants; whistleblower laws; Family and Medical Leave Act; labor relations (National Labor Relations Act and Florida Public Employees Relations Act); layoffs and plant closings (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act); Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; and Occupational Safety and Health Act. Gail balances business and local government needs with legal risks and defends single-plaintiff cases and collective actions in administrative, state, and federal court proceedings. She designs and revises employee handbooks and policies; reviews employment, restrictive covenant, confidentiality, severance, and settlement agreements; assists clients with employee hiring, promotion, accommodation, counseling, discipline, layoff, and termination issues; conducts workplace investigations; and develops corporate compliance programs. She also represents management in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and arbitration.
Representative matters include:
- Won numerous federal court summary judgments and dismissals, as well as no cause agency determinations regarding wage and hour, discrimination, and harassment claims for corporate clients, including an affirmance by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and denial of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court
- Provided sole representation at administrative final hearing resulting in affirmance of no cause determination regarding race, age, and sex discrimination claims against a large telecommunications company, including pre-trial preparation, oral arguments, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, introduction of exhibits, and drafting post-hearing brief
- Successfully prevented large entity from obtaining injunction based on tortious interference and over-reaching restrictive covenant against local employer
- Negotiated several favorable settlements of wage and hour collective actions and single-plaintiff employment law cases, resulting in substantial cost savings for clients in legal fees and liability
Additionally, Gail is a frequent lecturer and educator on labor and employment issues, presenting seminars and management training programs for clients and employer organizations, including HR Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association, SHRM SWFL, HR Collier, Charlotte County SHRM, Florida Health Care Association, and the Sarasota County Bar Association.