Representing Management in Labor & Employment Law Since 1978
Since 1978, the attorneys at Richeson & Coke, P.A. have been representing public and private employers in all types of labor and employment matters, from preventative counseling and labor law compliance to arbitration and litigation of disputes. Located in Fort Pierce and West Palm Beach, the firm's attorneys are able to assist clients located throughout the State of Florida. Our clients range in size from agricultural businesses to companies with over 5,000 employees, and include large public employers such as school districts, cities, and other governmental organizations. With over 30 years of experience practicing in this highly specialized area, the attorneys at Richeson & Coke, P.A. have an in-depth understanding of the complex laws and procedural requirements that govern the management of employees. For this reason, the firm is regularly called on by new and long-term clients to offer counsel as a preventative measure, such as prior to a potentially contentious termination. Richeson & Coke, P.A. takes a team approach to representation, leveraging the collective expertise of its attorneys, each of whom possesses a wealth of experience in labor law issues. Firm partner J. David Richeson in particular is Board Certified as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, and is a recipient of Martindale Hubbell's AV-Preeminent rating, indicating the highest levels of professional excellence. Whether the client needs legal advice regarding discrimination, wage and hour laws, or workplace safety to minimize exposure to liability, Richeson & Coke, P.A. can offer effective legal assistance. The firm's attorneys are dedicated to providing each client with personal and responsive service, understanding that many employment issues require urgent attention.
P.O. Box 3686
Fort Pierce FL 34948
Employment Discrimination Defense
When an applicant is not hired or an employee is fired, disciplined, demoted, or does not receive a promotion or a raise, it is not uncommon for the disgruntled employee or applicant to believe an employer is discriminating against him or her, even when this is not the case. Richeson & Coke, P.A. provides defense for employers, including supervisors and managers, against all types of allegations of discrimination, including those arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under these Acts, employers are prohibited from discriminating against qualified individuals on the basis of the following protected categories: Disability Race Color Religion Sex (including Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Related Medical Conditions) Marital Status Age (over 40) These laws also make it illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. In addition, employers must reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees or applicants who have a disability, as well as employees' or applicants' sincerely held religious practices, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
ELIZABETH COKE is a partner at Richeson & Coke, P.A., practicing in the area of labor and employment law. Ms. Coke obtained her B.A. from Loyola University in 1990 and her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law in 1994. In 1995, she was admitted to practice law before the Florida State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Coke is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the St. Lucie County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar's Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Coke has obtained a BV-Distinguished from Martindale-Hubbell's peer review for her legal ability and high ethical standards.
Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Coke is active in the community. She is former chairperson and member of the board of Directors of the Daniel M. Foundation, which assists children with emotional and behavioral health needs and their families. Ms. Coke also served as Chair and is a member of the board of Directors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of St. Lucie County.