Zascha Blanco Abbott represents employers in federal and state courts in their employment law disputes. Her experience includes defending employers in a variety of employment-related lawsuits, such as claims of discrimination, hostile work environment, breach of contract claims, constitutional violations, whistleblower claims and retaliation claims. Zascha Blanco Abbott also defends employers in Fair Labor Standards Act and other wage and hour cases. Her experience includes representing employers in claims under Title VII, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First Amendment, the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution, the Florida Whistleblower statute, and workers compensation retaliation claims.
She also practices in the area labor law and provides training on discrimination and harassment free workplace issues and on labor and employment matters. She conducts employment related audits. Her labor relations experience includes preparing collective bargaining proposals and preparing collective bargaining agreements as well as providing employers with guidance on labor issues. Zascha Blanco Abbott also represents employers in U.S. Department of Labor investigations and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Earlier in her career, Zascha Blanco Abbott was at a Florida law firm exclusively representing employers in their labor and employment matters. Zascha Blanco Abbott also served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami, Office of the City Attorney, in its labor and employment division. In this role she represented the City's departments in labor and employment matters. Zascha Blanco Abbott was also previously with a Houston, Texas based law firm, where she represented companies in a myriad of civil litigation matters.
Zascha Blanco Abbott is admitted in the federal court in the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
- Represented public employers before the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission.
- Represented companies in wage and hour claims.
- Represented public employers in cases related to constitutional claims.
- Represented companies in ADA Title III matters.
- Represented employers in discrimination and retaliation claims.
- Represented municipality in various employment related hearings.
- Represented employers in U.S. Department of Labor investigations.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Speaker, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce: Business Survival Guide Seminar, October 30, 2013.
- Author, An Overview of Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws, The Florida Bar, 2011.
- Author, NLRB Changes Impacting Union and Nonunion Employers, DRI for The Defense, June 2011 Issue.
- Author, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Perspective of the Defendant, The Florida Bar, 2009.
- Author, The Florida Bar Checkoff, Southern District of Florida Case Notes, October 2008.
- Speaker, Legal Updates, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, HR Insights 2012.
- Speaker, 2011 Employment Law Overview for Law Firms and Law Practices, 2011 Annual Florida Bar Convention, June 2011.
- Speaker, National Labor Relations Board Update, The Florida Bar Advanced Labor Topics Seminar, June 2011.
- Speaker, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Perspective of the Defendant, The Florida Bar: A Seminar: Accommodation, Access and Affirmative Action, August 2009.
Honors and Awards
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Outstanding Subcommittee Chair Award
- "Florida Rising Star" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section, Volunteer of the Year Award