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About Our Tampa Law Firm

At Bachus & Schanker, LLC, Our Passion is Justice. We believe that workers deserve quality legal representation.

Taking legal action against your employer can be intimidating. Our team of aggressive trial attorneys level the playing field in the fight to protect your rights. We do not shy away from a fight, and neither should you! It is illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against applicants or employees because they have filed for workers’ compensation or FMLA, or complained of discrimination, sexual harassment, or unfair pay to their employer or other covered entity, or participated in a proceeding (such as an investigation or lawsuit) based on such conduct.

Because there are many exceptions to the general “at-will” employment rule, an employee may be able to bring a claim for wrongful termination under one or more federal, state or local laws.

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100 South Ashley Street
Suite 600
Tampa, Florida 33602
Fax: (813) 433-1400

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Meet the Team

Kyle Bachus

PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER

Sara Green

LABOR LAW ATTORNEY

Our seasoned team of employment law attorneys have significant experience in state and federal trial courts throughout the United States in cases related to employment matters, discrimination, and wage and hour claims across all industries and occupations. Have you been sexually harassed or discriminated against at work? Have you reported or opposed your company doing something illegal and they terminated you for your report? Terminated or demoted because of your age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or gender? Or for taking Family Medical Leave or for filing workers’ compensation? Have you been treated unfairly because of an injury or condition? Or not paid wages or overtime due under the law? Have you been subjected to racial slurs or disparate treatment at work? There is legal recourse to protect your rights, but keep in mind there are often strict time frames in which you must do so.

Contact our Employment Law Attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC today.

Employment Discrimination

Both Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state and local law forbid different or unfavorable treatment in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, benefits, training, and more based on certain “protected classes,” including race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation [e.g. identification as LGBTQ or LGBTI.] On the other hand, even favorable treatment, like higher pay, for individuals based on these same classes is against the law because equality demands equal pay.

Termination due to race, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, color, religion, or disability is illegal in Florida. If your employer has 15 or more employees (and in some counties, 5 or more employees) you may be protected from this type of termination.

Pregnancy Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or are affected by pregnancy-related conditions must be treated in the same manner as other applicants or employees with similar abilities or limitations. Likewise, a nursing mother who needs designated times and a designated place for pumping cannot be treated unfairly for doing so.

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Age Discrimination

Age discrimination may occur when an employee over 40 years of age is terminated on the sole basis of his/her age. In a layoff or reduction in force, the employer is required to provide you with a list of the ages of the others who were laid off or positions eliminations to determine whether age discrimination has occurred.

Sexual Harassment at Work

Sexual harassment is a serious issue and is not limited by industry or occupation. The negative impacts of sexual harassment can extend from someone’s job to serious health and medical conditions because of the pressure and stress created by such situations. Often, individuals experiencing sexual harassment leave their positions because of the overwhelming impact on their lives, even though walking away from their job was otherwise unwarranted simply to avoid being blamed for their reaction to such harassment or the harassment itself. At Bachus & Schanker, we hold the employers who have allowed or condoned inappropriate sexual conduct and harassment responsible because no one should have to be subjected to sexual harassment under any circumstances, especially in the workplace.

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Making a Worker’s Compensation Claim

It is illegal for an employer to terminate you for making such a claim.

Taking Leave

It is illegal to terminate or retaliate against you because you have taken leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. If you have worked at least 12 months (can be nonconsecutive) and the employer has 50 or more employees, you may have a Family Medical Claim Act claim for leave due to bereavement, sickness, disability, birth or adoption of a child, or a serious medical condition of a family member.

Retaliation for Reporting or Objecting to Discrimination

You cannot be fired or retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment or discrimination whether it occurred to you or someone else.

Being Owed Overtime or Wages

You cannot be terminated for objecting to not be paid or objecting to improper classification of an employee or an independent contractor. In addition, violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act occurs if you work off the clock, if you were denied pay for at home work on call time, or short daytime breaks, misclassified as exempt from overtime pay when you should receive it, or when your employer averages hours over two work weeks.

Breach of Contract

Some employment relationships establish a contract. If you have a contract that says you cannot be terminated for cause, the employer may have to pay you the remainder of the contract.

Severance Review

Even if nothing illegal happened some employers decide to provide employees with a severance package. If you are offered a severance package our qualified employment attorneys can review it prior to you signing it. It may be possible to negotiate a better package for you and help you with an amicable transition. Contact our Employment Law Attorneys at Bachus & Schanker, LLC today if you feel you have been discriminated against, wrongfully terminated, or improperly paid. There are deadlines for you to pursue your claims, so contact our experienced attorneys today for a consultation about your potential case.

Client Stories

Hands down the best. Sara Green was very professional! She was always available to answer questions wether by phone or email. She also very knowledgeable in employment law! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!

Heather Juroska

I thought their ad’s “Our Passion is Justice” was total BS until I ended up hiring them for a workers compensation case. Next to justice must be money because man oh man did they get me paid! Be patient with the process! Thanks again!

Christopher Albe

Attorney James Olsen is one that I would trust for any of my legal matters. This man uses a Big Hammer when it comes to a Workers Comp Case. He will get you every penny you got coming. He Is always available to answer any of your issues…

Terry Damron

I have been in the Chiropractic field for 28 years. I have worked with many Attorney’s over these 28 years. On both Auto accidents claims and Worker compensation claims. Bachus and Schanker’s office is one of the best I have had the pleasure of working with.

Bill Smith

Drew and Mallory have been assisting me with an employment rights case and throughout the whole process have maintained a professional yet friendly atmosphere with me.

Brittany Gregory

Hands down the best. Sara Green was very professional! She was always available to answer questions wether by phone or email. She also very knowledgeable in employment law! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!

Heaterh Juroska
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