Benton N. Wood

Benton N. Wood


Fisher Phillips LLP

Recognized since 2009

Orlando, Florida

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Benton Wood is a partner in the firm's 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, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations, Equal Pay Act (EPA) violations, Whistle-blower retaliation, workers' compensation retaliation, civil rights violations (including violations of the 1st, 4th and 14th 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.

Benton 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 (AAA), the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the Florida Arbitration Code.

Benton represents management in other labor matters, including labor negotiations, impasse proceedings and unfair labor practice litigation with the State of Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC).

Contact & Links

Location

  • 200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1100
    Orlando, FL 32801

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, graduated 1992
  • University of Florida, graduated 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, Florida Bar

Affiliations

  • Central Florida Credit Association - Former President

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Litigation
  • Management
  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Title VII Litigation

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.

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