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Donna Ballman
Works at Donna M. Ballman, P.A.
Attended Wellesley College
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Snowed in? I wrote this article to help you determine whether or not you are entitled to be paid when the office is closed.
I know I recently wrote about weather closings, but if you weren't a flood victim, you probably didn't focus on my column. So I'm doing a rerun, this time about snow closings. It's bad enough you'r...
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I face off with Eric Meyer, management-side employment lawyer, on the issue of an employee declining FMLA then suing for FMLA interference
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My latest piece is about holiday greetings at work and your legal rights
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How To Go To Your Office Holiday Party And Still Stay Employed
It's that most horrid time of the year: time for office holiday parties. Since some of you are likely going to have to contact someone like me after you get fired for what happened at your office party, I would like to remind you about how to stay employed ...
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I hope you enjoy my very first Huffington Post column, Those Anti-Muslim Rants Are Going To Get Your Company Sued.
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Beware The Trojan Horse Of "Rewards" With Noncompetes
Your boss and HR deliver the great news: the company loves and appreciates you. It wants to reward you. Maybe they're "giving" you a retention bonus, stock, options, or some other reward that sounds like a heap of money for free. But beware. It may be a Tro...
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My latest column in the Huffington Post discusses whether your employer can withhold medical insurance if you refuse to submit to intrusive medical testing. One court says yes.
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My latest column for Huffington Post may be helpful to those who are suffering through the storms. You may be entitled to be paid even if your office is closed.
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My latest column at Huffington Post is about hostile work environment and why it (mostly) isn't illegal
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Florida Democrats Take Another Swing At Pro-Employee Legislation (That Won't Pass)
Another legislative session coming up, some more pro-employee legislation that will not pass. But here’s what some Florida Democrats (okay, I didn’t check them all, but c’mon, what are the odds that any of the co-sponsors of any pro-employee laws are Republ...
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Those Anti-Muslim Rants Are Going To Get You Sued
In light of the attacks in Paris and the end of Jihadi John , I'm guessing there will be lots of workplace cooler talk about Muslims and Middle Easterners in the news. Inevitably, someone will go on a rant about Muslims. That person will get you sued unless...
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How Discrimination Can Kill You
Pretty much every day I fight employers who don't take discrimination seriously. HR people and management tend to think people who complain about discrimination are poor performing whiners. But discrimination is real, and it really happens in the workplace....
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Donna Ballman’s book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards, was named the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. She is the award-winning author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. She’s been practicing employment law, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and employment law issues in Florida since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home, was named one of the 2011 and 2012 ABA Blawg 100 best legal blogs and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs.

She writes a weekly column for AOL Jobs and has written for The Huffington Post on employment law issues, and has been an invited guest blogger for Monster.com and Ask A Manager. She has over 6000 followers on Twitter as @EmployeeAtty. She has taught continuing legal education classes for lawyers and accountants through organizations such as the National Employment Lawyers Association, Sterling Education Services, Lorman Education Services, Alison Seminars, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and community organizations.  Ms. Ballman has published articles on employment law topics such as severance, non-compete agreements, discrimination, sexual harassment, and avoiding litigation. She’s been interviewed by MSNBC, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Lifetime Television Network, the Daily Business Review, and many other media outlets on employment law issues. She was featured on the Forbes Channel’s “America’s Most Influential Women” program on the topic of severance negotiations and non-compete agreements.

She works for Donna M. Ballman, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Education
  • Wellesley College
  • University of Miami School of Law
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