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Christopher Charles Sharp

Christopher Charles Sharp

Sharp Law Firm, P.A.
  • Employment Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law
  • Florida
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Biography

I am Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor & Employment Law and have more than 27 years of experience protecting the rights of employees in the workplace and helping them recover their wages when they are not paid by their employers. During my career I have settled or successfully tried hundreds of cases on behalf of employees in Florida's state and federal courts. In addition to discrimination and unpaid wage/overtime claims, my firm also specializes in representation of local, state and federal government employees on disciplinary matters, EEO/retaliation claims and disability issues arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Initial consultations are free for most types of cases and contingency representation will be considered where appropriate and depending on the type of case. My firm can handle cases anywhere in Florida (or nationwide for federal employee EEOC or MSPB administrative hearings) but most of my clients are from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Feel free to contact me if you have questions about a workplace rights issue or if you have threatened with, or been a victim of, unfair or unlawful treatment by your employer.

Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Privacy Law
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 996858
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11th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Shareholder
Sharp Law Firm, P.A.
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Attorney
Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler
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Shareholder
Christopher C. Sharp, P.A.
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Attorney
Law Offices of David T. Azrin, P.A.
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Attorney
The Amlong Firm
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Education
Temple University Beasley School of Law
J.D. (1993)
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Activities: Co-Editor-in-Chief, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
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University of Delaware
B.A. (1990) | Philosophy
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Honors: Cum Laude
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Professional Associations
The Florida Bar  # 0996858
Member
Current
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National Employment Lawyers Association
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Current
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National Lawyers Guild
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Current
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Certifications
Labor and Employment Law
The Florida Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
charplawfirm.com
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. Can my criminal background stop me from getting a job at Dollar General as a cashier
A: Although you were applying for a private sector job, Florida law prohibits state and local agencies from denying a person a license, permit, or certificate to engage in a particular profession or industry based on a prior conviction, unless the conviction was for a crime that was felony or first-degree misdemeanor and the offense is directly related to the type of work the person will do if hired for the position. The law also creates special rules for certain drug offenses. In the private sector, however, Florida law actually gives an incentive and broad discretion to consider an applicant's criminal record. Like most states, Florida allows people who are injured or harmed by an employee's misconduct to sue the employer for what is called "negligent hiring." This is a claim that the employer should have known that the employee posed a risk of injury. In Florida, employers can avoid being dues for negligent hiring if they conduct a background investigation before hiring employees, including a criminal records check. If the employer conducts a background check with a job applicant's consent, it is usually protected from future lawsuits if the the check didn't uncover any red flags or information reasonably demonstrating that the employee was unfit for the job or employment in general). Employers aren't required to conduct background checks in Florida, but they are only legally protected from negligent hiring lawsuits is they conduct a criminal records check on all potential employees. Unless the employer is using the background checks to selectively exclude certain classes of people from employment -- which could amount to unlawful discrimination depending on the facts and circumstances -- the routine use of background checks does not generally give rise to any legal claims for failure-to-hire under Florida or federal law.
Q. I was recruited by a company and after starting forced to sign a non compete months later. I worked there for 3 years .
A: I agree with Charles for the most part although with one caveat. If it appears that the company is selectively enforcing the non-compete clause only against black employees but not white employees, there could potentially be a claim for race discrimination in contracting under federal law or a potential defense to attempted enforcement of any non-compete. But as Charles said, these are usually fact-intensive situations, so the best advice would be to talk to a local lawyer and have them review all of the facts and circumstances of your particular case.
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Sharp Law Firm, PA
1600 West State Road 84
Suite C
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Telephone: (954) 909-4246
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