Caroline M. Landt

Counsel

Orlando
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Overview

Through strong relationships and a deep understanding of the organizations' business and culture, Caroline Landt partners with clients to help them navigate employment law trends and find solutions to regulatory challenges. When clients face employment claims, Caroline's in-depth knowledge of both their business and the law creates the foundation for an exceptional defense and efficient resolution.

Caroline focuses her employment practice on consultation regarding employment regulations, agreements and other related compliance issues. She assists clients in the search for efficient and appropriate solutions using a depth of knowledge that comes from her more than 20 years of experience. She has litigated matters related to discrimination, sexual harassment, labor-management relations, minimum wage/overtime compensation, covenants not to compete, executive employment contracts and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Caroline represents clients in many industries, including hospitality, healthcare and religious organizations.

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  • Conducted numerous wage and hour audits for companies across the country, ranging from individual audits of an entire workforce to national audits of specific positions. Advised many clients in the hospitality industry on application of the Department of Labor tip-credit regulations and companies in all industries on wage and hour compliance. Handled numerous Fair Labor Standards Act collective action lawsuits.
  • Represented an employer in a case concerning an employee’s ringing of the break bell to create a work stoppage. The National Labor Relations Board chairman issued an opinion finding that the employee’s action was not protected by the National Labor Relations Act. Won the appeal after prevailing before the administrative law judge.
  • Represents companies enforcing their noncompete agreements. Prosecuted a former employee and new employer for tortious interference, breach of noncompete agreement, breach of duty of loyalty and improper disclosure of confidential information, resulting in a settlement wherein the new employer paid significant damages and both the former employee and new employer agreed to considerable business restrictions.
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Experience

  • Conducted numerous wage and hour audits for companies across the country, ranging from individual audits of an entire workforce to national audits of specific positions. Advised many clients in the hospitality industry on application of the Department of Labor tip-credit regulations and companies in all industries on wage and hour compliance. Handled numerous Fair Labor Standards Act collective action lawsuits.
  • Represented an employer in a case concerning an employee’s ringing of the break bell to create a work stoppage. The National Labor Relations Board chairman issued an opinion finding that the employee’s action was not protected by the National Labor Relations Act. Won the appeal after prevailing before the administrative law judge.
  • Represents companies enforcing their noncompete agreements. Prosecuted a former employee and new employer for tortious interference, breach of noncompete agreement, breach of duty of loyalty and improper disclosure of confidential information, resulting in a settlement wherein the new employer paid significant damages and both the former employee and new employer agreed to considerable business restrictions.
  • Has defended employers during Department of Labor and OSHA investigations of alleged wage and hour, USERRA and workplace safety violations, resulting in no penalties or fines.
  • Represents healthcare industry interests, providing advice to healthcare staffing companies, private physician practice groups and long-term care facilities. Advises healthcare industry clients in all areas of employment.
  • Represents religious organizations, providing advice on all areas of employment and defending the rights granted to religious organizations through the First Amendment. Prevailed at the Fifth District Court of Appeal defending the right to free exercise of religion pursuant to Florida’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and a brief based on the First Amendment and Florida’s Clergy Privilege.
  • Prevailed at Fifth District Court of Appeal defending a religious organization’s right to be free from government interference in matters of internal church governance based on the First Amendment’s ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.
  • Authored a Friend of the Court brief filed with the Florida Supreme Court based on the First Amendment in support of the state’s tax exemption for religious publications. The exemption was preserved. Served on a panel for Discussion with Arguing Attorneys moderated by the Honorable Major B. Harding as part of the Florida Bar’s “Practicing Before the Supreme Court” series that studied this high-profile case.

Recognitions and Memberships

Community

  • Cornerstone Charter Academy, Governing Board (2016 to present)
    • Vice Chair (2019 to 2021)
  • Leadership Orange Class of 2018-2019
  • Boone High School PTSO Board (2019 to 2021)
  • Cornerstone Charter SAC, Chair (2013 to 2015)
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    • Event Chair (2000)

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida

Education

  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1996, with honors
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1992, with high honors

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
The Department of Labor's Latest Final Rule Publication Regulates Managers Who Receive Tips and Delineates Willful Violations of the FLSA
By David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
September 29, 2021
“Drip, drip, drip” is the best description of the Biden administration’s staggered attack on the 2020 Tip Final Rule through delays, withdrawals, amendments and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The latest action by the Department of...
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Employment Law Spotlight
The Devil Is In the Details: Department of Labor Publishes Tipped Employee Proposed Final Rule
By David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
June 23, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding tipped employees. Rejecting the Trump administration’s proposed rules governing tip-credit employees performing non-tipped duties, the DOL...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Taking Tips? Department of Labor Announces Timing for Tipped Employee Final Rule Implementation
By Jacob A. Bruner, David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
March 26, 2021
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced the timing for implementation of its much-awaited Final Rule controlling which employees can participate in a mandatory tip pool and changes to the “80/20” rule. The Final Rule, which...
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