Benton Wood is a partner in Fisher & Phillips' Orlando office. He represents private and public sector employers in all aspects of employment and labor law. Benton specializes in employment law litigation and has litigated a multitude of employment-related claims on behalf of management, including: sex discrimination, race discrimination, age discrimination, national origin discrimination, disability discrimination, unlawful retaliation, FMLA violations, FLSA violations, Equal Pay Act violations, Whistle-blower retaliation, workers' compensation retaliation, civil rights violations (including violations of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution), unpaid wage violations, breach of employment contracts, breach of settlement agreements, defamation, invasion of privacy, assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring. He also has extensive experience representing public and private sector employers throughout Central Florida in employment arbitrations conducted under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Florida Arbitration Code. Benton is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law.
Hornfeld v. City of North Miami Beach, 98-0580-CIV-Huck/Simonton (S.D. Fla.) — Obtained defense verdcit from jury in trial alleging age discrimination in employer''s use of early retirement program.
Hull v. Cash America, 98-607-CIV-ORL-19A (M.D. Fla) — Obtained jury verdict in trial of age discrimination and retaliation claims for failure to promote assistant store manager.
Merrick v. Rinker Materials, 5:08-CV-00060-WTH-GRJ (M.D. Fla.) — Obtained jury verdict at trial in defense of age discrimination claim based on employer''s decision to terminate lease agreement of contract driver. Jury held that Merrick was an independent contractor and not employee of Rinker. Rinker was at risk of being forced to convert all of its contract drivers to employee status had the jury found Merrick to be an employee.
Kemp v. Volusia County, et. al, 764 So.2d 770 (Fla. 7th Jud. Cir.) — Obtained reversal on appeal based on trial court''''s admission of inadmissible expert opinion testimony.