Erin M. Sales

Associate

Orlando
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Overview

A fast learner with sharp attention to detail, Erin Sales efficiently manages large caseloads and discovery initiatives. Erin represents clients of all sizes in state and federal court on employment, civil rights and contractual issues, including matters that arise under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title II of the Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and comparable state statutes. She also represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and equivalent state administrative agencies. In addition, Erin serves as outside employment counsel to clients on day-to-day matters, such as wage and hour questions, layoffs, discrimination and harassment complaints and investigations, training and new legislation.

Erin’s prior clerkship in federal district court allowed her to obtain valuable experience and insight on judicial processes, legal research and writing, and courtroom procedures. Additionally, her experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney provides her with a unique understanding of the correlation between civil and criminal law. Having professional experience working with high-profile individuals in collegiate athletics, Erin is also familiar with the necessary review and application of compliance measures and is comfortable handling matters in the public eye.

Erin applies her skills in team settings, collaborating and strategizing with other attorneys to provide clients with effective representation of the full scope of their matter. She is committed to prompt and open communication with her clients.

Select Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients on defamation, age discrimination, civil conspiracy and unpaid wage claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against CEO client of national corporation.
  • Represented multiple national restaurant clients in federal lawsuits alleging store gift cards violated the ADA and related state laws, and obtained dismissal of claims at motion to dismiss stage.
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Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients on defamation, age discrimination, civil conspiracy and unpaid wage claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against CEO client of national corporation.
  • Represented multiple national restaurant clients in federal lawsuits alleging store gift cards violated the ADA and related state laws, and obtained dismissal of claims at motion to dismiss stage.
  • Represented international client in federal lawsuit involving breach of non-compete, confidentiality and employment agreement claims.
  • Represented international client in breach of employment contract lawsuit in federal court.
  • Represented healthcare client in large electronically stored information (“ESI”) search and review in response to time-sensitive subpoena.
  • Represented clients across the country in administrative proceedings before the EEOC and state agencies involving age, race, sex, nationality, and disability discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • Revised employee handbooks for various clients to ensure handbooks comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Assisted various national corporations with layoffs, including decisional unit analyses and drafting severance agreements.
  • Represented clients in bankruptcy adversary proceedings related to allegations of automatic stay violations.
  • Advised clients on the CARES Act and return-to-work matters following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Served as panelist on Return to Work webinar amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers

Prior Positions

  • United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California: Assistant United States Attorney
  • The Honorable Gary R. Jones, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida: Judicial Law Clerk
  • University of Connecticut, Division of Athletics
    • Assistant Director of Athletics/Compliance Services
    • Coordinator of Compliance and Financial Aid
    • Student Services/Compliance Graduate Assistant
  • Miami Dade State Attorney's Office: Certified Legal Intern
  • University of Miami Innocence Clinic: Legal Extern
  • The Honorable Alicia M. Otazo-Reyes, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida: Judicial Intern

Admissions

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

Education

  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2015, magna cum laude; University of Miami Law Review, Senior Writing Editor; Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board, Interschool Vice President; Order of the Barristers
  • M.A., University of Connecticut, 2008
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Connecticut, 2006, magna cum laude

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
Eleventh Circuit Holds Websites Are Not Places of Public Accommodation and Rejects Commonly Relied Upon Nexus Standard
By Joyce Ackerbaum Cox, Erin M. Sales
April 12, 2021
In a win for businesses, on April 7, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., that websites are not “places of public accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities...
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