As a member of the Littler CaseSmart – Charges™ team and based in Florida, Melanie Zaharias is responsible for handling charges from investigation to conclusion. She works on client-dedicated service teams, specializing in handling administrative agency charges. She investigates charge allegations, reviews pertinent documents, interviews key witnesses, and provides clients an assessment of the risks associated with the charge. In partnership with the client, she defends the charge by drafting persuasive position statements and responses to the agency’s requests for information.
Melanie's background includes representing management in various aspects of labor and employment law. Her previous practice involved representing employers in litigation of employment disputes including:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
Melanie also has experience advising and representing employers in administrative actions. In addition to defending employers in litigation matters, she provided employers with preventive counseling on day-to-day employment issues, including employee handbooks, investigations, discipline, terminations, and wage and hour compliance.