Kim is a board certified expert in labor and employment law.
She chairs the firm's Labor & Employment practice representing employers, including private, public, for profit, and not-for-profit entities.
Kim specializes in representing employers in employee-related litigation and providing practical, effective risk management advice.
Representative labor and employment risk management matters include:
- Daily assistance to employers with the management of human resources matters, including compliance obligations associated with interviewing and hiring, performance deficiencies and evaluations, accommodations, responses to complaints, layoffs and discharges, and severance arrangements
- Preparation and analysis of employment-related agreements, communications, and policies, including employment offer letters, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, releases, employee leasing contracts, and handbooks
- Review and audit of labor and employment compliance to expose and address unnecessary risk
- Assistance with regulatory compliance and interaction with various agencies, (involving ADA, ADAA, FMLA, ADEA, OWBPA, Title VII, FLSA, HIPAA, EPA, WARN, GINA, USERRA, and FCRA)
- Training to management and employees regarding creating and maintaining a workplace free of unlawful discrimination and harassment
- Counsel regarding regulation of unions and union professionals (e.g., NLRA, PERA)
- Service as Board Counsel
Representative labor and employment litigation matters include:
- Representation of employers in harassment and discrimination claims brought under the Florida and Federal civil rights and anti-discrimination acts (e.g., ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, and FLSA) and claims filed with the EEOC, FCHR, DOL, OSHA, private and public arbitration and mediation, and Florida and Federal courts; Won summary judgment for school in whistle-blower claim filed by former accounting employee fired for performance; Won summary judgments in Federal court for public employer wrongfully sued for age discrimination and national origin discrimination following layoffs; Won directed verdict for employer sued for wrongful termination by former employee; Won summary judgment in state law tort claims filed by former public employee; Received EEOC “No Cause found” findings in claims filed by 9 similarly situated employees against a multi-state employer; Obtained EEOC and DOL internal reversals of preliminary negative decisions against employers; Successfully resolved collective action FLSA claims against employers; Successfully prevented large entity from obtaining a tortious interference based injunction against local employer’s hiring of employee with over-reaching restrictive covenant; Successfully obtained dismissals of multiple other claims against employers
- Representation of employers in enforcement of employment-related agreements (e.g., employment offer letters, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, releases, and employee leasing contracts)
Kim is a lecturer and educator on labor and employment issues, providing lectures for individual clients as well as for the Florida Bar, the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce, the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Lorman Seminars, and the Council on Education in Management. Kim has co-authored seminar materials for the National Institute on Sexual Harassment and has been published in the General Practice Section of the Florida Bar.
Kim clerked with the firm in 1993 and joined the firm in 1994, immediately after law school. She became a shareholder in 2000.