Ingrid H. Ponce
Ingrid H. Ponce is a Shareholder in the Labor & Employment Department and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Ingrid focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, including wage & hour issues, collective or class actions, sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims. She partners with her clients to develop innovative approaches to solving employee issues. She is a frequent speaker on issues such as investigating harassment/discrimination claims, religious discrimination and EEO compliance. She also provides training to managers and employees on preventing workplace harassment, EEO compliance, FMLA, ADA, workplace violence, and litigation prevention.
For three consecutive years, Ingrid was recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star", a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of lawyers each year. Ingrid is a regular contributor to the firm’s labor and employment law blog, BeLabor the Point.
- Successfully represents clients in jury trials in both state and federal courts, and in appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Florida's Third District Court of Appeals.
- Representation of clients in collective and class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state laws.
- Lead counsel of litigation teams that have secured summary judgment victories on behalf of various clients in cases involving claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Florida Whistleblower Act, and other employment statutes.
- Defense of employers in a variety of employment related lawsuits, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Florida Whistleblower Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal, state and local employment-related laws and regulations.
- Frequently appears before the EEOC, as well as state and local EEO agencies, to defend clients against charges of discrimination and harassment; experience includes working with in-house legal or personnel departments to prepare position statements and other materials in response to such claims.
- Counsels clients with respect to design and implementation of personnel policies and procedures, and reviews, drafts, and updates policies.
- Conducts company-wide and supervisor/manager training in Spanish and English on a variety of topics, including preventing workplace harassment, EEO compliance, FMLA, ADA, workplace violence and litigation prevention.
- Represented client in a successful appeal before Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal. The Court reversed a $2.5 million jury verdict against our client in a case that contributes significantly to existing case law on discrimination and retaliation in Florida.
- Breakthrough Miami, Board of Directors, 2014-2015
- Labor and Employment Section, The Florida Bar, Member
- St. Philip's Episcopal School, Board of Trustees, Member
- South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers in South Florida - Labor & Employment, 2017; Top Up and Comers – Labor & Employment, selected for inclusion, 2015-2016
- Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, selected for inclusion, 2011-2013
- Order of the Barristers, 1998
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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