Firstly, he won an appeal in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in Ortiz v. School Board of Broward County, Appeal No. 18-15305, reversing the district court and holding on appeal, that the employee was subjected to a hostile work environment, remanded to district court (July 11, 2019). Further, he prevailed in the Public Employees Relations Commission, before the Hearing Officer in Bardelas v. City of Doral, Case No. CA-2019-002, holding that the police officer’s Weingarten Rights were violated by the City Police Department (July 17, 2019)
Mr. Berkowitz has successfully assisted clients throughout South Florida for over 30 years with labor and employment law matters. He previously practiced with a labor and employment firm in Philadelphia; and since 1995, he has operated his own practice, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Mr. Berkowitz focuses his practice on employee representation and employment discrimination matters before both state and federal courts; as well as government administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. These litigation matters involve cases related to claims of discrimination based on race, national origin, religion and gender, including, pregnancy and sexual harassment, as well as claims based on age, disability, medical leave; under the Family Medical Leave Act, retaliation and whistle-blower claims. He also handles claims involving issues of unfair competition, breach of the duty of fair representation, unpaid wages and non-compete and trade secret claims; and additionally, he engages clients in the negotiation of employment contracts and severance agreements.
He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Florida. Additionally, he is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.