Williams Parker Attorneys at Law Sarasota Attorneys

Gail E. Farb

Counsel

Gail E. Farb

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.

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What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law
  • B.S., Duke University

PRACTICES

ADMISSIONS & LICENSURE

  • Bar

    • Florida
    • Georgia
  • Courts

    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Employment Law Jukebox: LGBT Issues in the Workplace and Harassment Prevention (June 1, 2017)
  • Charting a Course through the Choppy Waters of Labor and Employment Law Challenges (May 19, 2017) 
  • Employment Law Compliance from Hire to Fire (May 3, 2017)
  • Employee Criminal Conduct (April 27, 2017)
  • Religious Accommodation: Balancing the Religion and Work Conflict (March 21, 2017)
  • One Worker, Two Worker, Red Worker, Blue Worker: Workplace Diversity and Harassment Prevention (March 9, 2017)
  • A Rookie’s DOL Investigation Playbook: Strategies to Get into the Wage & Hour End Zone (January 10, 2017)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act – Essential Information for Business Professionals (November 8, 2016)
  • Navigating the Bermuda Triangle:  ADA, FMLA, and Workers’ Compensation (September 21, 2016)
  • Unraveling the Complexities of Wage and Hour Compliance, Including the New DOL Overtime Rules (September 13, 2016)
  • Independent Contractor or Employee? That is the Question! (May 4, 2016)
  • Union-Related Workshop for Managers and Supervisors (August 2015)
  • Co-Author, The Future of Retaliation Claims, SHRM Legal Report (January 2011)
  • Co-Author, The ADA: Ten Years After, Briefly...Perspectives on Legislation, Regulation, and Litigation, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, Vol. 4, No. 9 (2000)
  • Co-Author, Economic Practices and Strategies by Employers and Labor Unions During Labor Disputes, Georgia Jurisprudence (1995)

BAR & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Chair
  • The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Section of Labor and Employment
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
  • Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association
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