Elitsa V. Yotkova is an employer-defense litigator and compliance counselor. Her practice focuses strongly, but not exclusively, on restaurant and hospitality industry clients, and complex wage and hour issues under both Florida and New York law. Her work frequently involves minimum wage and overtime, tip credit, tip pooling, employee classifications, and other wage payment issues, including defense of class and collective actions. Her practice also covers the areas of discrimination and harassment, Title VII, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, WARN, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She frequently defends equal employment opportunity (EEO) cases, and administrative actions before the EEOC. Elitsa counsels clients in the formation and dissolution of employment relationships, including negotiation of employment and separation agreements, as well as non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements.
Elitsa is a regular contributor to the firm’s labor & employment law blog, BeLabor the Point.
- Defense of employers in a variety of employment-related lawsuits, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, reasonable accommodation and other claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and other federal, state and local employment-related laws and regulations.
- Representation of clients in collective and class actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and related state laws and regulations.
- Effective early resolution of claims involving employer's alleged failure to pay wages and commissions to employees company-wide, and avoidance of large potential class action.
- Drafting, review and implementation of workplace policies and employee handbooks, including policies on social media, a rapidly developing area of law in the eyes of the National Labor Relations Board.
- Conducting employee and management training on issues of equal employment opportunity (EEO), non-discrimination principles, preventing workplace harassment, and litigation avoidance.
Professional & Community Involvement
- Breakthrough Miami, Respect and Professionalism Training, 2018
- Hofstra Law Alumni Committee, Mentor, 2013-Present
- Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Alumni Advisor, 2011-2013
- YearUp, non-profit organization for the empowerment of urban young adults, Mentor, 2012
Publications & Presentations
COVID News Update, Labor & Employment News Update, Publications:
Federal Paid Leave Law Signed by President Trump
BeLabor The Point Blog|March 2020
Are You Sherlock Holmes or Inspector Clouseau? – Conducting Workplace Investigations
Stearns Weaver Miller's 29th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2019
“You’re Too Experienced” – Age Discrimination?
BeLabor The Point Blog|May 2018
From a 1990 Wheelchair to the 2018 Website: The ADA & Technology-Related Accommodations
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018
It’s Payday! Are Pay Stubs an Employer’s Friend or Foe?
BeLabor The Point Blog|June 2017
The Multigenerational Workplace: Boomers, X’ers and Millennials-Who is Managing Whom?
Stearns Weaver Miller's 27th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2017
Florida Advanced Skills for Wage and Hour Compliance
2016 FLSA Master Class|October 2016
Full Steam Ahead: Keeping up with Title VII
Stearns Weaver Miller's 26th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2016
Stearns Weaver Miller Names Three New Shareholders
Stearns Weaver Miller Presents 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar
Stearns Weaver Miller Presents 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar