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Arlene K. Kline
Arlene K. Kline
Partner 
222 Lakeview Avenue
Suite 400
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
 
Tel:
561.653.5000
Fax:
561.659.6313
 
 

Arlene Kline focuses her practice on litigation and counseling in labor and employment matters, and compliance with the public accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She provides a wide range of services to her clients, including policy development, compliance, audits, litigation, and appeals. Arlene has experience handling appeals in both state and federal courts. Her broad litigation experience includes defense at all levels under Title VII, Section 1981, the ADEA, the FLSA, the ADA, the FMLA, the PDA, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. In addition, Arlene has experience litigating under Florida's restrictions on unfair competition and trade secrets. Further, she handles the defense of legal malpractice claims.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of cruise line in defense of a Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower complaint.
 
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Representation of water treatment plant in a DOL audit.
 
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Representation of aeronautical company in a non-compete litigation matter.
 
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Representation of wireless carrier client in defense of FLSA wage & hour lawsuit regarding the 7(i) exemption and defense of charge of discrimination at the EEOC level.
 
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Representation of regional hospital in an age discrimination failure to hire case brought by a 75 year old woman who was formerly employed by the hospital for over twenty-one years.
 
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Representation of major regional hospital in defense of an action brought by a former employee under the Florida Whistleblower Act where employee claimed that she reported violent behavior by one employee that she supervised against another employee that she also supervised and that she was terminated as a result.
 
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Representation of local hospital in lawsuit by a patient for failure to provide accessible services under the Rehabilitation Act and Title III of the ADA.
 
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Representation of multinational video game software developer and arcade software and hardware development company in California state-wide class action alleging violation of wage and hour laws.
 
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Representation of one of the nation's largest professional employer organizations in a non-compete and trade secret litigation against former employees.
 
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Representation of one of the nation's largest professional employer organizations in whistleblower matter where professional employer organization was brought in as a party under co-employment allegation.
 
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Representation of personal injury firm in legal malpractice action in dispute over sufficiency of representation and advice.
 
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Representation of broadcasting company in multiple age discrimination claims where employees alleged that they were terminated due to age.
 
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Representation of landlord of strip malls in several Title III ADA public accommodations lawsuits.
 
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Representation of janitorial company with several government contracts in OFCCP audit and wage and hour disputes.
 
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Representation of not-for-profit charitable organization in EEOC charges of age and disability discrimination by former employees.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2009 and 2011-12, Listed in Florida as a "Rising Star" for Employment & Labor and Civil Litigation Defense
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2013, Listed for Labor & Employment
 
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Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2011-2012, Recognized as an Up & Comer
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
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Akerman Nineteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Co-Presenter, "Intersection of ADA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Leaves: Case Studies," April 2014
 
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International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA) 29th Annual Conference & Expo, Speaker, "Hiring Independent Contractors," October 2013
 
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Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, Presenter, "FMLA Update," August 2013
 
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CNBC, Quoted, "For Millions of Workers, Getting Sick Doesn't Pay," July 2013
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Understanding the Changes to the ADA," June 2013
 
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Akerman Eighteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Latest Developments Under the FMLA," April 2013
 
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Strategies for Employment Class and Collective Actions: Leading Lawyers on Addressing Trends in Wage and Hour Allegations and Defending Employers in Class Action Litigation (Inside the Minds), Co-Author, Aspatore, 2012
 
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The Academy of Florida Management Attorneys Annual Meeting, Co-Presenter, "Defending Claims Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act," October 2012
 
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Akerman Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "ADA Employment Compliance Update: Practical Effects of the New Regulations," October 2012
 
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National Real Estate Investor, Co-Author, "Construction Contract Tools for Building an ADA Compliant Project," September 2012
 
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The Seminar Group, Co-Presenter, "Americans with Disabilities Act Title III Update: Legal and Regulatory Issues Builders Need to Know," August 2012
 
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American Conference Institute's 3rd Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Employment Discrimination Litigation, Panelist, "Given Our Aging Jury Population, How Do You Counter Age Discrimination Claims Brought by Employees Over 50 Years of Age?," July 2012
 
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South Florida Business Journal, Quoted, "Companies Discover New Ways to Challenge Unemployment Pay," May 2012
 
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Akerman Seventeenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "ADA Employment Compliance Update: Practical Effects of the New Regulations," April 2012
 
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South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee Seminar, Co-Presenter, "The ABCs of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)," November 2011
 
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Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, Speaker, "ADA Employment Compliance Update: Practical Effects of the New Regulations," November 2011
 
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Akerman Sixteenth Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Presenter, "Employee Handbooks: Dos and Don'ts," April 2011
 
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ADP "Profits and Penalties: Operating a Business in Today's Complex Environment" Seminar, Speaker, "FLSA and Your Responsibilities," April 1, 2011
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Wage & Hour Update: Latest Trends and Compliance Tips," October 2010
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "Storm Watch! What All Employers Need to Know When Preparing for Hurricane Season," June 2010
 
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Akerman 2010 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Speaker, "Reductions in Force and Separation Agreements," May 2010
 
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South Palm Beach County Bar Association Labor & Employment Committee Seminar, Speaker, "Wage & Hour Update", May 2010
 
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Lorman Seminar, Presenter, "Developing a Policy for Employee Use of Mobile Devices", February 2010
 
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The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 2," Volume 83, No. 9, October 2009
 
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Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County, Speaker, "The Obama Agenda: Recent Changes and Pending Legislation in Employment Law," November 2009
 
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Akerman Client Seminar, Speaker, "The Obama Agenda: Recent Changes and Pending Legislation in Employment Law," October 2009
 
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The Florida Bar Journal, Contributing Author, "Employment Law for Law Firms: Do the Shoemaker's Children Need New Shoes, Part 1," Volume 83, No. 7, July/August 2009
 
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Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., Palm Beach County Chapter, Guest Speaker, "FLSA," August 2009
 
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In House Defense Quarterly, Contributing Author, "Telecommuting-Exploring the Realities and Understanding the Legalities," Summer 2007
 
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Palm Beach County Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section, Speaker, "Florida Whistleblower Act," 2007
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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The Florida Bar, Labor & Employment Section, Member
 
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Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
 
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Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (AFMA), Member, 2013-Present
 
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Anti-Defamation League, Palm Beach County Chapter, Glass Leadership Institute, Co-Chair, 2010-2011; Florida Regional Board, Member, 2011-Present
 
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Jewish Women's Foundation, Trustee, 2014
 
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Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Business & Professions, Cabinet Member, 2010-2013
 
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Deaf Service Center and Hearing Wellness Center, Inc., Board of Directors, Secretary, 2007-2010
 
Public Decisions
 
ADA/Public Accomodations
 
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Stevens v. Premier Cruises, Inc., 215 F.3d1237 (11th Cir. 2000)
 
 
Employment Discrimination
 
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Faucette v. National Hockey League, 2006 WL 213857 (M.D. Fla. 2006)
 
 
Wage & Hour Issues
 
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Marcia Daniel, et. al. v. Worldwide Flight Services, Inc., USDC S. Dist. Fla., Case No. 01-4173-CIV-KING, Or. Granting Defs.' Mot. S.J. (Dec. 17, 2002)
 
 
Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims
 
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AlphaStaff, Inc. v. Orthopaedic and Spinal Assoc. of S. Fla., P.A., 2012 WL 3930052 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. Sept. 5 2012)
 
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Hannan v. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 19 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 717a, Or. Granting Defs.' Mot. S.J. (May 1, 2012)
 

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Arlene K. Kline

Practice
Labor & Employment
Education
J.D., Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, 1996; Goodwin Fellowship, Honor Court - Defender
B.A., Florida State University, 1994; English, Florida House of Representatives, Legislative Intern
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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