Florida Public Employee Disputes Lawyer

If you are a public employee who has been terminated or disciplined, you’re likely seeking answers to some nerve-wracking questions, including your rights versus the manner in which you were let go, disciplined or admonished.

Public employees have pre-determination hearings or other administrative rights before they are disciplined or terminated. This is applicable to federal employees, state employees, city/municipality employees, police officers, teachers, employees with tenure and many others who might not fully understand their options following discipline or dismissal. Contact our Florida public employee dispute lawyers today.

Public employee disputes include, but are not limited to:

  • PERC
  • DOAH
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Service Appeal
  • Unfair Labor Practice (ULP)

Scott • Wagner and Associates, strives to help with public employee disputes by assisting employees in understanding their rights and guiding them through the process of negotiating favorable settlements. In addition to helping public employees, our lawyers work with unions to help protect employee interests, especially in light of new regulations imposed by the state.

A statute recently passed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott has placed restrictions on the rights of public employees with and without contracts or agreements. The legislation includes two provisions that have changed the landscape of laws affecting severance limitations on public employees :

Fla. Stat. 215.425(4)(a) :

For employees with employment contracts/agreements :

  • A government unit that enters into a contract, employment agreement that contains a provision for severance pay with an officer, employee or contractor must include the following provisions: 1. Severance pay provided pay not exceed 20 weeks of compensation. 2. Severance pay prohibited when individual fired for misconduct.

Fla. Stat. 215.425(4)(b) :

For employees without employment contracts/agreements :

  • An agent or employee may receive severance pay not included in an employment agreement or contract to not exceed an amount greater than 6 weeks of compensation. The settlement may not include provisions that limit the ability of any party to discuss the dispute or settlement.

Unemployment Claims

Many people who lose their jobs file for unemployment benefits without fully understanding the reason/reasons for their termination. Often, the “official” reason for a dismissal is not the same reason that the employee was led to believe. If a former employer denies or challenges its former employee’s right to compensation, it must be disputed in court by that employee. Don’t go it alone! The Florida public employee dispute lawyers at Scott • Wagner and Associates strive to help with unemployment claims. We counsel clients statewide to help achieve the best possible outcome for their individual and unique situations.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for a consultation!

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