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Allison Oasis Kahn

Allison Oasis Kahn

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Overview

Allison Kahn defends employers in discrimination and retaliation matters in state and federal court. She represents entities of all sizes across sectors including health care, banking, telecommunications, and education. Allison regularly appears before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, and Florida Commission on Human Relations. She litigates claims involving discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and other protected characteristics (Title VII); sex-based discrimination in education (Title IX); and the Americans with Disabilities Act (employment discrimination, reasonable accommodations, and access), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour), the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. On behalf of her brokerage firm clients, she also litigates employment disputes before FINRA.

To help employers take a proactive approach that reduces the risk of litigation, Allison counsels them on managing discrimination and harassment complaints, employee discipline, and termination issues; provides opinions and recommendations regarding both employee pay classifications (exempt/nonexempt), and structuring internship programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and presents on-site employee training sessions regarding employment laws. At the employer’s request, she also conducts investigations into employee claims of discrimination and advises the employer of her findings and recommendations. Her knowledge of workplace law extends to fast-evolving issues such as those related to sexual orientation and gender identity under Title VII, and employees' increasingly aggressive reasonable accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She regularly writes and speaks on legal developments that affect her clients.

Allison was drawn to the practice of labor and employment law because it involves complex workplace relationships, and stories with a human component. Beyond her practice, she applies her investigatory skills to her work as an appointed member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, which is charged with investigating claims of attorney misconduct.

Early in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Gary Farmer of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. This experience broadened her understanding of the practical considerations that shape court decisions, and informs her practice today.

Allison is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar.

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Recognition

  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "A" 
      • Chair (2018), Attorney Member (2016-2017)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County
  • Federal Bar Association, Palm Beach County
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys
    • Membership by invitation only for preeminent practitioners of labor and employment law.
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Committee (2005)
    • Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (2011-2012)
    • Co-Chair, Gender Equities Subcommittee (2011-2012)
  • Craig D. Barnard American Inn of Court (2005-2008)

Speaking Engagements

  • UPCOMING: “Let's Talk About 'Sex': Embracing Nondiscrimination of LGBT Employees,” 2019 HR Florida Conference & Expo, Orlando, FL (August 28, 2019).
  • "Wage and Hour Workshop," Carlton Fields, Miami (October 26, 2016).
  • "Wage and Hour Workshop," Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL (October 25, 2016).
  • "New Wage and Hour Laws and How They Will Impact Law Firms," Palm Beach County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (August 9, 2016).
  • “Women in the Law,” Palm Beach County Bar Association annual diversity event (October 2012).
  • “Flex What? – Flex Time: What Is It, How It Works, and the Benefits to Both Attorneys and Firms," Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (April 2011).
  • “Workplace Issues in Employee Relations,” Employment Law for Accountants seminar, West Palm Beach, FL (November 12, 2009).

Credentials

Education
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2001)
  • Georgia Southern University (B.A., 1998)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Labor & Employment Law
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Hon. Gary M. Farmer, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal

Background

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Gary M. Farmer, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal (2001-2003)

In The Spotlight

Allison explains the different types of labor exemptions that could affect your startup business.

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