Jennifer is a board certified expert in labor and employment law and chair's the firm's labor and employment practice. She is also a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator.
She represents private, public, for-profit, and not-for-profit employers in a variety of industries, such as healthcare, education, manufacturing, construction, performing arts, and hospitality. Jennifer not only represents both large and small employers in litigation matters, but she also assists employers in managing risks to avoid litigation.
Jennifer’s legal practice includes:
- Litigating all types of employment law claims, from preparing initial pleadings to trying cases in state and federal courts, including claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Fla. Stat. § 542.335 (non-compete), whistleblower/retaliation laws (including workers’ compensation retaliation), and employment law torts
- Representing clients before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Agency for Workforce Innovation, and the Department of Labor
- Negotiating and drafting independent contractor and other employment agreements
- Conducting and/or supervising client internal investigations
- Training client managers and staff regarding discrimination and harassment, diversity, and supervisory issues
- Drafting and reviewing employee handbooks and policy procedure manuals, and providing guidance to clients regarding implementation of policies, including those required by law
- Counseling private-and public-sector clients regarding application of employment law to decisions involving hiring, discipline, terminations, and reductions in force
- Counseling clients regarding material changes in employment laws
Jennifer is a frequent lecturer and author on labor and employment law topics. Additionally, she serves as editor of The Williams Parker Labor & Employment Blog, which focuses on the latest trends and developments pertaining to labor and employment law and provides commentary and analysis regarding best practices for employers, human resource professionals, C-level executives, and boards of directors.
As a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator, Jennifer serves as a neutral and impartial third party to parties, assisting them in working toward an amicable resolution of their disputes using communication, negotiation, and problem-solving.