Overview

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)
  • Retaliation

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.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Orange County Bar Association

Member

Board of Bar Examiners (Essay Exam Grader)

The Florida Bar

2008-present

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2013-2015

News, Analysis & Press

Avoiding Liability for Employees' Off-Campus Activities with School Students

Education Update

April 2011

Misclassifications Matter

Labor Letter

November 2010

Wage-Hour Pitfalls Rise in a Fallen Economy

Labor Letter

October 2009

Books & Book Chapters

  • 2011 Practical Law Guide, contributor
  • 2010 Florida Employment Law Manual, contributor

Speaking Engagements

Creative Approaches for Handling ADA and FMLA Issues in the Workplace: Actions You May Not Know You Can Take

Association of Corporate Counsel Central Florida Chapter Symposium Longboat Key, FL

May 19, 2017

Navigating the Waters: Religious Accommodation & National Origin Discrimination

Association of Corporate Counsel - Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL

October 13, 2016
Working on Overtime: Preparing for DOL's Changes to FLSA Overtime Regulations

Orlando, FL

March 16, 2016
A Whistleblowing Whistle-Stop Tour: The Hottest Trends and Topics in Whistleblowing and Retaliation

Orlando, FL

September 25, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University School of Law, 2006
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 2003magna cum laude

Bar Admission

Florida

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida