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William DeMeza, Esq.

William B. deMeza Jr. represents employer clients in labor, employment discrimination, minimum wage/overtime, employment contract and OSHA matters throughout the United States. Clients have included restaurants, manufacturers, financial institutions, department stores, hospitals, physicians' professional associations, employee leasing companies, government contractors, insurance companies, shipyards, and mining companies. Mr. deMeza has served as employers' counsel in race, sex, sexual harassment, age, religion, national origin, and handicap (disability) employment discrimination charges filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and local EEO agencies. He has litigated numerous claims (including class action claims) brought against our employer clients under the various federal and Florida discrimination laws. He has extensive experience in minimum wage/overtime counseling and litigation, including defense of nationwide "collective action" claims based on improper classification of employees as "exempt" and "off the clock" work in various industries. Mr. deMeza also frequently counsels clients about reductions in force ("RIFs") and issues that often arise in such events, such as the decisional process and employee selection criteria, severance pay, compliance with the age discrimination, plant closing and benefits laws, RIF alternatives, and implementation of the downsizing (including preparation and training of HR and executive personnel). A significant segment of Mr. deMeza's practice focuses on employee safety and health issues. He regularly represents employers in contesting citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Mine Safety and Health Commissions. For example, he contested the first federal OSHA heat stress citation issued in the glass container industry. Mr. deMeza prepares employment contracts and frequently litigates breaches of employment contracts and enforcement of non-competition agreements. He develops or reviews clients' personnel policy manuals, employee and supervisor handbooks, employee applications, affirmative action plans, and personnel policies (including drug testing, polygraphing, and AIDS policies) for compliance with OFCCP, EEO, and wage-and-hour laws. During law school, he served as Editor & Chief of the Law Review. He was a law clerk to The Honorable James M. Sprouse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1980-81. Honors & Awards The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2001-2013 Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Labor & Employment, 2007-2012 Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2012 Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2007-2009 Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers Who's Who Legal Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, November 2009 Memberships Academy of Florida Management Attorneys The Florida Bar - Labor Law and Litigation Sections American Bar Association - Labor Law and Litigation Sections