The Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC offers quality legal representation on a diverse range of legal matters of all levels of complexity that includes:
Civil Rights Law
Personal Injury Law
Employment/Civil Rights Law:
Florida state and federal anti-discrimination laws protect all citizens from practices that deny them equal treatment in employment, housing and other areas of day to day life.
The Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC represents employees in matters involving workplace discrimination (sexual harassment, age, race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy discrimination and sexual orientation). I represent clients every step of the way, before the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), the Broward County Human Rights Division, and in Florida state or federal court.
Under federal law — Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991, sexual harassment can occur whenever an employee is unfairly treated owing to his or her gender (in businesses with 15 or more staff). Most state laws mirror the federal statutes. Quid pro quo harassment is an exchange based on "You do something for me and I'll do something for you.” Sexual harassment occurs when a job benefit of any kind is linked to whether an employee submits to unwelcome sexual advances. That includes agreeing to a date with a supervisor, having sex with the supervisor, or making professional decisions based on remaining silent about another employee’s submission. Hostile work environment harassment occurs when employees are made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace because of sexually charged behavior or comments, including electronic communications. Examples include treating one sex differently than the other, displaying sexualized images or objects, or making unwelcome sexual advances or sexually derogatory comments. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, call my office for a consultation.
Equal Pay Discrimination:
The Equal Pay Act (EPA) makes it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act ensures that employees subject to unequal pay discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age or disability have the opportunity to challenge each discriminatory paycheck that they receive by making each discriminatory paycheck a new violation. Contact the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC today if you believe you are being paid less based on illegal reasons today.
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations. The ADA’s nondiscrimination standards also apply to federal sector employees under section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and its implementing rules. In Florida, the Florida Civil rights Act provides similar protection under state law. If you have had issues in the workplace regarding disability discrimination or your employer is not fulling their obligation to provide reasonable accommodations, call my office to schedule an appointment.
Wage and Hour Law (Fair Labor Standards Act):
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Employees who are covered by the FLSA are entitled to be paid at least the federal minimum wage as well as time and one-half their regular rates of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, unless an exemption applies. There are also youth employment provisions regulating the employment of anyone under the age of 18 in covered work. The FLSA also contains recordkeeping requirements. If your FLSA rights have been violated through wrong “exempt” classification, unpaid overtime, tip pooling, or any other illegal practice, I will litigate your wage and hour cases, including violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Florida Minimum Wage Act (FMWA). If you have a claim involving off-the-clock work, an unpaid final paycheck, tip credit violations, improper tip pooling, unpaid overtime, unpaid minimum wages, or any other pay violations call my office and make an appointment for a consultation.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA):
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to: Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for: the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth; the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement; to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition; a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness who is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin to the employee (military caregiver leave). The FMLA also protects employees who take FMLA leave from retaliation for doing so. If you believe your FMLA rights have been violated, contact the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC today.
Civil Rights Violations:
Civil rights are generally guaranteed by the federal government and sometimes by states. Examples of federal civil rights include freedom of speech, the right to vote, and the right to enjoy goods and services in businesses and other institutions open to the public. Civil rights apply to all people equally, regardless of race, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.Section 1983 provides individuals with the ability to sue a government agency or government employee for wrongdoing. This typically involves issues such as police misconduct and brutality. It also applies to state employees subjected to disciplinary or adverse actions because of employer discrimination. A violation of a clearly established constitutional right under color of law gives rise to a Section 1983 civil rights lawsuit. Attorney Newman also represents homeowners and tenants in housing discrimination cases under the Fair Housing Act and customers and patrons in cases of public accomodation discrimination.
Whether one is facing a simple or complex family law issue, an attorney should always be consulted to optimize the chances of accomplishing favorable results. No two cases are exactly alike. Each case has to be thoroughly analyzed both legally and factually. The client has to be informed of the progress of his or her case.Our family law practice includes but is not limited to divorce, domestic violence, adoption, child support enforcement, paternity disputes and preparation of agreements, both pre- and post-nuptials.
We pride ourselves in aggressive representation of individuals who have been wronged and injured against insurance companies and corporate attorneys, while upholding the highest ethical standards in legal practice. Contact the Law Office of Annette Newman for your personal injury claims, including automobile accidents, products liability, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, dog bites and slip and falls. Attorney Newman is well respected by defense attorneys, judges, and insurance companies in South Florida for her integrity and compassionate representation of her clients.
Debt Collection & Small Claims Litigation:
Small claims courts were invented for just that--minor issues that still need a little legal structure to get resolved. Whether someone owes you money or if you're dealing with an eviction or some other kind of sticky disagreement, Attorney Newman can help you prepare and file your matter in a small claims court so that everything gets resolved and you can move on with your life. Some examples of common issues the Law Office of Annette Newman, LLC handles are:
Small claims litigation
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Attorney Newman has over five and a half years of litigation experience handling all types of collections, small claims and contract dispute claims in both circuit and county courts. She completed training and received certification from Fair Debt Collection Practices, LLC in March 2016, demonstrating her knowledge of the laws of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).