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Her ability to quickly comprehend an issue and offer professional advice and judgment is an absolute strength.

- Chambers USA 2020

Janet Goldberg McEnery is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor & Employment Law* and licensed in Missouri, Illinois and Florida. She represents private, public and non-profit employers in labor, employment discrimination, minimum wage/overtime, employment contract, and whistleblower claims.

For over 25 years, Janet has represented businesses, hospitals, medical practices, restaurants, hotels, wagering facilities, manufacturers, financial institutions, government contractors, municipalities, landscape contractors, insurance companies, independent insurance agencies, and educational institutions in the defense of employment and labor relations matters.

Janet is a frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of topics related to Labor & Employment Law. She also provides interactive training for firm clients on such topics as preventing harassment and discrimination claims and complying with wage and hour laws.

*With only 7% of eligible members certified, Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of a lawyer’s competence and experience in a particular area of practice. It identifies lawyers with "special knowledge, skills and proficiency, as well as a reputation for professionalism and ethics." To achieve certification, a lawyer must endure rigorous examination and testing and be evaluated by their peers.

Representative Experience

  • Defends discrimination and wrongful discharge claims through jury trial.
  • Defends class actions.
  • Represents employers before the NLRB, the EEOC, and in Department of Labor and DHS and DOJ audits.
  • Advises employers on union-related issues.
  • Represents employers in arbitration and collective bargaining.
  • Handles affirmative action issues, drafts AAPs and represents employers in OFCCP reviews.
  • Develops drug-testing and other policies.
  • Advises employers about new legislation.
  • Prepares employee handbooks.
  • Counsels and litigates confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
  • Defends places of public accommodation against ADA Title III accessibility lawsuits.
  • Defends lending institutions against fair lending discrimination claims.
  • Counsels employers regarding reductions in force, severance issues and compliance with plant closing laws.
  • Successfully litigated one of the first W.A.R.N. Act cases, through an appeal to the Third Circuit.

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, Honorable James L. Foreman, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional & Community Involvement

  • University of South Florida, Adjunct Professor of Employment Law, 2018-2020
  • The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (AFMA), Past President and Board Member, 2011-2016
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • HR Tampa
  • Florida Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Chair Quarterly HR Forum
  • Former Trial Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Florida), 2020-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-2023
    • The Employment Law Issue, 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2022
  • Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay's “Top Lawyers”
  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, 2010, 2013
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Events: Background Check Black Holes and I Need To Be An Independent Contractor
Stearns Weaver Miller's 2022 Annual Tallahassee Labor & Employment Law Seminar|November 2022

Events: Background Check Black Holes and The NLRB On Steroids
Stearns Weaver Miller's 2022 Annual Tampa Labor & Employment Law Seminar|October 2022

Events: Background Check Black Holes and The NLRB On Steroids
Stearns Weaver Miller's 2022 Annual Miami Labor & Employment Law Seminar|October 2022

Events: You be the Judge!
FPHRA 86th Annual Conference|August 2022

Events: Accommodations Under the ADA and Title VII
Florida Public Human Resources Association |June 2022

Events: Employment Law Potpourri - Labor and Employment Trends to Watch in 2022
Florida Tax Collectors Association|April 2022

Events: Updating Your Employee Handbooks
W3 Insurance|September 2021

Events: What’s New at the DOL, EEOC, and FCHR
85th Annual Florida Public Human Resources Association (FPHRA) Conference|July 2021

Events, Firm Announcements, In the Media, Labor & Employment News Update, Publications: Breaking Through the Noise: Labor & Employment Issues Post-Pandemic
Stearns Weaver Miller News Program Special|June 2021

Events: COVID-19: Employment Policies for Your Office
North Dade and The Beaches Real Estate Council Webinar|May 2021

Events: 2021 COVID-19 Return to Work Issues: Vaccinations, Face Masks and Working from Home
The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce|February 2021

Events: Webinar Wednesday- Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccines and Mandating it to Employees
Florida Public Human Resources Association|January 2021

Publications: All I Want for the Holidays is a COVID-19 Vaccine!
BeLabor the Point Blog|December 2020

Publications: Department of Labor Weighs in on Employees vs. Independent Contractors
BeLabor the Point Blog|October 2020

Events: The New Battle Grounds Post COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter World
Florida Public Human Resources Association (FPHRA) 1st Annual Education Series|August 2020

Publications: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
BeLabor the Point Blog|July 2020

Events: Virtual Webinar - Navigating Issues That Make HR Uncomfortable
South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management|May 2020

Publications: 5 Tips for Maximizing Productivity for Remote Employees
BeLabor The Point Blog|April 2020

Events: Sticky Wickets
FPERLA Annual Training Conference|February 2020

Events: Best Practices for Terminating Employees
The Community College Conference on Legal Issues|January 2020

Events: EEOC Mediation: Your Game Changer!
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission|December 2019

Events: Employment Law - It Pays to Pay Attention! Common FLSA Workplace Issues and Investigating Complaints
Paralegal Association of Florida Annual Seminar|September 2019

Events: Surviving the Equal Pay Act and the “Me Too!” Environment
2019 HR Florida Conference & Expo|August 2019

Events: ADA, FMLA and COBRA – the three-headed monster
Florida Public Human Resources Association Conference|July 2019

Events: The Applicant Dating Game
Stearns Weaver Miller's Annual Tampa Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2019

Events: Meet the Gang – NLRB Workplace Rules, What’s Up at the EEOC, Immigration Update, Wage and Hour Hot Topics, Marijuana Update
Stearns Weaver Miller's Annual Tampa Labor and Employment Law Seminar|May 2019

Events: Sticky Wickets
FPERLA Annual Training Conference|February 2019

Publications: Tips For Having a (Hopefully) Happy Office Holiday Party
BeLabor the Point Blog|December 2018

Publications: This is Important: Employers Need to Immediately Update Their FCRA
BeLabor The Point Blog|October 2018

Events: Prevent Your Business Emails From Becoming a Legal Nightmare
Lorman Education Services Webinar|September 2018

Events: Business Compliance Checklist: Hiring, Firing, and Overtime
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce|August 2018

Labor & Employment News Update, Publications: Hotels: Want to Make a "Reservation" For Your ADA Lawsuit Now?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2018

Events: Employment Law and Health Issues: Chemical Sensitivities, Bed Bugs, Zika and Flu Shots, Oh My!
SHRM® 2018 Annual Conference & Exposition |June 2018

Events: Investigating Harassment Complaints Post Weinstein - Are You Prepared?
Stearns Weaver Miller's 28th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar|April 2018

Events: Why Managers Need to Know Employees' Legal Rights in the Workplace
University of South Florida College of Business|February 2018

Events: Class Action Waivers: The Courts and the NLRB
ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Midwinter Meeting |February 2018

Events: Breaking Up is Now Harder to Do!
The Community College Conference on Legal Issues|January 2018

Events: Why Managers Need to Know Employees' Legal Rights in the Workplace
University of South Florida, College of Business|November 2017

Events: Do Not Repeat the Same Wage and Hour Mistakes in 2017
HR Florida Conference & Expo|August 2017

Events: Is Your Website ADA Accessible?
HR Florida Conference & Expo|August 2017

Publications: Our group is growing – Tampa here we come!
BeLabor The Point Blog|August 2017

Events: Promises Made in Severance Agreements: What Do They Mean, Why are They There, and Are They Legal?
EEOC Miami Technical Assistance Program Seminar|June 2017

Events: “The Ever-Changing Landscape of FLSA/Wage and Hour Issues” and “NLRB and Its Expanding Reach in the Workplace Horizon”
Sterling Education Services Seminar|February 2017

Publications: Florida Minimum Wage Increasing to $8.10 an Hour Effective January 1, 2017
October 2016

Events: Politics & Beyond: How (and if) Employers Should Limit Activism in the Workplace
HR Tampa|August 2016

Events: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Employment Law
Clearwater Chamber of Commerce|October 2015

Events: Wage and Hour: Issues and Strategies
The Florida Bar’s 38th Annual Public Employment Labor Relations Forum|August 2014

Events: Anti-Retaliation Provisions
Society for Human Resource Management|June 2014

Publications: Avoiding Human Resources’ Troubles
Brandon Business|January 2014

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