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Allison Oasis Kahn

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Overview

Allison Kahn is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar. Board certification means she has been evaluated for professionalism and tested for special expertise, knowledge, and skill. She is one of only approximately 200 lawyers in Florida to hold this distinction in her practice area.

Allison represents entities of all sizes across sectors including health care, hospitality, banking, telecommunications, and education. She regularly appears before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, county fair employment practice agencies, and in state and federal court.

She litigates claims involving discrimination and retaliation based on race, religion, sex, and other protected characteristics (Title VII); sex-based discrimination in education (Title IX); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act.

Her knowledge of workplace law includes courts’ differing interpretations of LGBT protections under federal law. She regularly writes and speaks on LGBT discrimination developments that affect her clients.

Allison defends Americans with Disabilities Act Title III employment claims for disability and handicap discrimination, retaliation, and failure to accommodate. She also defends Title I claims of property access discrimination by public accommodations (including accessibility of websites).

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is often intertwined with Title III employment disability claims. Allison has litigated FMLA interference and retaliation claims and is experienced in defending actions in which the FMLA and disability discrimination are both at issue.

Allison has completed more than 300 employee pay classification audits (exempt/nonexempt), which enriches her practice of defending employers against misclassification claims, and in collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. She also litigates joint employment, employee and independent contractor classifications, and structures internship programs to comply with wage and hour laws.

She is experienced in trying arbitration grievances under collective bargaining agreements. And, on behalf of her brokerage firm clients, Allison litigates employment disputes before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

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 does pro bono work and recently completed a three-year term investigating attorney misconduct as an appointed member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee, ultimately serving as chair in 2018.

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.

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Recognition

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

Professional & Community Involvement

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

Speaking Engagements

  • “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, FL (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 Diversity Luncheon (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

In The Spotlight

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

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