Labor & Employment Law Lawyers

The employment law attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. have over fifty years of experience practicing employment law. Our employment law lawyers have successfully handled a full range of employment matters.

We represent employees, employers, and independent contractors for businesses of all sizes. Our labor law lawyers handle federal and state employment claims.

If you are a business facing a charge by an employee or want to pursue a claim against a former employee or independent contractor, contact one of our experienced employment law defense attorneys. Battaglia Ross has a wide range of experience defending employment litigation matters, ranging from defending your company against an individual claim to handling class action litigation defense. Our experienced labor law lawyers can also assist your business in preparing the documents that your business needs – from independent contractor agreements to drafting your employee handbooks.

If you are an employee or independent contractor who feels your rights have been violated, or if you need an attorney to review your employment agreement or severance package, contact our labor law attorneys today to learn your rights. We have experience in handling:


Our labor law lawyers have successfully handled a full range of employment matters, including these common areas:


It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee based on certain characteristics. Our employment law attorneys handle and defend:

  • age discrimination
  • race discrimination
  • gender discrimination
  • disability discrimination
  • religious discrimination
  • pregnancy discrimination
  • other discrimination matters


Harassment is a form of employment discrimination. Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a protected class and becomes unlawful where the conduct becomes a condition of continued employment or is so severe that it creates a hostile work environment. Our labor law attorneys handle claims of harassment, including sexual harassment for businesses and employees. We also handle hostile work environment disputes.


Unpaid wage claims arise when an employee alleges the employer failed to pay him or her for earned wages. The labor law attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. are experienced in handling:

  • unpaid wage claims
  • unpaid commission claims
  • unpaid bonus claims
  • unpaid overtime claims
  • wage theft
  • violation of equal pay
  • Florida Minimum Wage Act claims
  • Fair Labor Standard Act claims


It is illegal for an employee to face adverse action from a company for engaging in a protected activity or for reporting violations. If you are a company facing a retaliation claim or have questions regarding whether you have a retaliation claim against your employer, contact the attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. today.


While Florida is an at-will state, a wrongful termination claim can be brought in certain instances. An unlawful termination claim can arise if an employee was terminated in violation of an employment contract or if an employee was fired for unlawful reasons (such as discrimination, harassment, or retaliation). If you are a company that has been accused of wrongful termination or if you think that you may be a victim of wrongful termination, contact our experienced labor law attorneys today for a free consultation.


Common questions in this area of the law include whether a company has improperly classified its independent contractor and how to properly structure an independent contractor relationship to avoid misclassification. If you are a business who has received a claim from an independent contractor that he or she has been misclassified and is in actuality an employee entitled to certain rights, or if you feel you are an employee who has been misclassified as an independent contractor and want to know your rights, contact us today. Our experienced employment law attorneys can prepare or review independent contractor agreements to ensure your rights are protected.


It is important for companies to ensure that they have contracts which best protect their interests, including enforceable non-competition and non-solicitation provisions. Our experienced labor law attorneys can prepare or review:

  • independent contractor agreements
  • employment contracts
  • confidentiality agreements
  • non-competition (otherwise known as non-compete) contracts
  • non-solicitation agreements
  • non-disclosure contracts
  • trade secret agreements.

If you are a business in need of employment contracts, or if you are an independent contractor or worker who wants a lawyer to review your contracts, contact the labor law attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. today for a free consultation.


Our law firm aggressively handles breaches of employment-related contracts. If you’re a company whose employee has violated or breached an employment contract, confidentiality agreement, non-competition/non-compete contract, non-solicitation agreement, non-disclosure contract, trade secrets agreement, and/or severance agreement, contact our employment law attorneys today.


If your company needs assistance drafting employee handbooks, contact one of our experienced employment law lawyers for assistance. Our attorneys can assist your company in preparing an employee handbook which best protects your interests.


Employment defamation occurs when an employee harms an employer – or an employer harms an employee – by intentionally making a false statement. If you are a business faced with a defamation claim – or if you otherwise want to know whether you have a potential defamation claim – contact our labor law attorneys today for a free initial consultation.


A class action is brought on behalf of numerous plaintiffs against a single employer. A common area of employment law class actions involves claims against an employer for unpaid wages or overtime. Our attorneys vigorously defend businesses in unpaid wage class actions and overtime class actions. If you are a business who is facing an employment law class action, contact the employment law attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A..


Our experienced labor law attorneys can review your severance package or severance agreement to ensure your rights are protected.


Contact the labor law attorneys at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, PA to discuss your employment law matter. You can reach us at 727-381-2300. Our labor law attorneys will provide a free initial consultation and review your matter. Our attorneys are experienced and will aggressively represent your interests.

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Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
5858 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (727) 381-2300
Fax: (727) 343-4059

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We are located in St. Petersburg and provide emplyment law representation to the following areas and beyond:

Pinellas County

Hillsborough County