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Jay P. Lechner Esq.

Jay P. Lechner Esq.

Florida Bar Board Certified Labor & Employment Attorney
  • Employment Law, Business Law, White Collar Crime ...
  • Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Southern District of Florida
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Summary

Mr. Lechner is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer with years experience representing both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law matters. He was recently selected 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Mgmt., St Petersburg (US News & World Report).

Mr. Lechner’s expert speciality extends to all employment disputes, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination including but not limited to age, race, gender, national origin, overtime and wage/hour payment issues, retaliation and whistleblower claims, as well as restrictive covenants, unfair business practices, related state tort and contract issues and other types of employment litigation.

Before attending law school, Mr. Lechner spent several years in management and served as a volunteer firefighter.

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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Civil Rights
Additional Practice Area
  • Labor & Employment
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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Middle District of Florida
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Northern District of Florida
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Southern District of Florida
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11th Circuit Court of Appeals
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
Lechner Law
Current
Education
University of Florida Levin College of Law
J.D. | Law
with honors
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University of Florida
B.A.
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Awards
Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management
Best Lawyers
Saint Petersburg, FL
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Publication
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019 5+ years
Volunteer of the Year
Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Publication
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Legal Elite
Florida Trend Magazine
Best Lawyers
U.S. News and World Report
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Hillsborough County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
Executive Council Member
- Current
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Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board
Chair
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise
Bloomberg
Certifications
Board Certified, Labor & Employment
The Florida Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
Lechner Law
Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered

Q. Is an employer responsible for supplying equipment/gear needed to do the job required?
A: Federal OSHA regulations provide that personal protective equipment (PPE) used to comply with the OSHA law "shall be provided by the employer at no cost to employees." Clothing used in artificially-controlled environments with extreme hot or cold temperatures, such as freezers, generally fall within this requirement. SUGGESTION: While one should be thankful for having a job during the current economic circumstances, employers should not be permitted to profit by forcing workers to labor in dangerous conditions in violation of federal worker safety laws. For example, the 146 garment workers killed during the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire likely were grateful for their job, but that doesn't mean they should've been forced to work amongst highly flammable materials with no fire alarms and locked fire exits.
Q. If I don't like the outcome of the Labor Board, can I take my old employer to court instead?
A: Yes. If by "Labor Board" you mean the U.S. Department of Labor, they only have jurisdiction to enforce the federal overtime and minimum wage laws. The state minimum wage in Florida is $8.56 per hour. You could pursue a civil action for the higher state minimum wage amount plus potential liquidated damages.
Q. Grant scam from my employer
A: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Fraud may be actionable under the federal False Claims Act. Examples of potential fraud include: (1) an employer applying for a SBA PPP loan, despite not meeting the financial criteria; (2) the employer misrepresenting its payroll numbers to obtain a PPP loan; (3) the employer misusing PPP loan funds, such as utilizing them for non-payroll expenses and falsely reporting for loan forgiveness. It is not possible from the information you provided to determine if any fraud is occurring. However, the False Claims Act does prohibit retaliation against an employee who engage in "protected activity," such as reporting fraudulent activity.
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Contact & Map
Lechner Law
201 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 412
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone: (813) 842-7071
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Closed