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Jay P. Lechner Esq.

Jay P. Lechner Esq.

Florida Bar Board Certified Labor & Employment Attorney
  • Employment Law, Business Law, White Collar Crime ...
  • Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Southern District of Florida
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Mr. Lechner is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer with years experience representing both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law matters. He was recently selected 2020 Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Mgmt., St Petersburg (US News & World Report).

Mr. Lechner’s expert speciality extends to all employment disputes, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination including but not limited to age, race, gender, national origin, overtime and wage/hour payment issues, retaliation and whistleblower claims, as well as restrictive covenants, unfair business practices, related state tort and contract issues and other types of employment litigation.

Before attending law school, Mr. Lechner spent several years in management and served as a volunteer firefighter.

Call him for your free consultation today!

University of Florida Levin College of Law
J.D. | Law
with honors
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Professional Experience
Founding Attorney
Lechner Law
Articles & Publications
Fair Labor Standards Act Treatise
Speaking Engagements
Adjunct Instructor - Employment Law, Tampa, Florida
University of South Florida
Adjunct Instructor - Employment Law, MCOB School of Information Systems & Management
Board Certified, Labor & Employment
The Florida Bar
Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management
Best Lawyers
Saint Petersburg, FL
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Publication
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019 5+ years
Volunteer of the Year
Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Publication
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2011
Legal Elite
Florida Trend Magazine
Best Lawyers
U.S. News and World Report
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
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Hillsborough County Bar Association
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Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
Executive Council Member
- Current
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Florida Bar Journal Editorial Board
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Middle District of Florida
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Northern District of Florida
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Southern District of Florida
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11th Circuit Court of Appeals
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    White Collar Crime
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Labor & Employment
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can my job force me to get a COVID-19 vaccination?
A: To clarify the previous responses, the Florida legislature has passed a bill that will prohibit a private employer from imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for any full-time, part-time, or contract employee without providing individual exemptions that allow an employee to opt out on the basis of medical reasons, including, but not limited to, pregnancy or anticipated pregnancy; religious reasons; COVID-19 immunity; periodic testing; and the use of employer-provided personal protective equipment. The Governor is expected to sign it into law this week. To claim an exemption based on pregnancy, the employee will need to submit an exemption statement signed by a physician or a physician assistant stating his or her opinion that the COVID-19 vaccination is not in the best medical interest of the employee. If an employer receives a completed exemption statement, the employer will be required to allow the employee to opt out of the employer's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Failure to do so could result in fines against the employer up to $50,000 per violation. Contact an employment attorney for more information.
Q. I was told by my employer that if I forgot to clock in I would not be paid for the time I was off the clock is that lega
A: No. If the employer knew or should have known that you were working, you are entitled to be paid for the time worked. However, you could be subject to discipline, including termination, for failing to adhere to their time clocking policy.
Q. Is my employer required to pay me for my quarantine?
A: Good question. Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the answer would have been "no" (unless your employer fell under a statutory exemption). However, effective January 1, 2021, FFCRA paid leave became optional, meaning covered employers were no longer required to participate, but if they did, they would continue to receive tax credits for the payments made to employees on leave for covered reasons.
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Lechner Law
201 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 412
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone: (813) 842-7071
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Closed