The Elliot Legal Group, P.A. Offices | Fort Lauderdale and Miami

3101 N. Federal Hwy., Suite 609,
Oakland Park, Florida 33306

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754-332-2101

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305-399-3832

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FL business lawyerWhile going to court to resolve legal concerns is often the last resort, there are many cases where businesses may need to pursue litigation to recover financial losses. These include situations where a business’s partners or employees have committed embezzlement. This form of fraud can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line, and business owners will need to understand their options for holding a person responsible for their wrongful actions.

What Is Embezzlement?

Embezzlement may include any situations where a person who is given the responsibility to hold or manage property owned by someone else wrongfully takes possession of the other person’s money or assets. Embezzlement can take a variety of forms in a business setting, and examples of this type of fraud include:

  • Falsifying time sheets - Hourly employees may misreport the number of hours they have worked with the intent of receiving additional pay. This is often done to receive overtime pay when a person has not actually worked additional hours.
  • Misreporting expenses - Employees may be compensated for work-related expenses. However, some people may attempt to receive additional compensation by claiming that items purchased for personal use were work-related. Some employees may also engage in “double-dipping” in which they charge purchases to a company credit card or account while also submitting expense reports to receive compensation for these purchases.
  • Theft of supplies, equipment, products, or money - Some employees may commit direct theft from a company by taking office supplies or computer equipment, or they may steal products from a store or take money from a cash register or safe. Employees may also steal from an employer by under-ringing items at a cash register or voiding transactions and pocketing the cash paid by a customer, or they may provide improper discounts to allow products to be purchased for less than their actual value.
  • Falsified vendor payments - An employee may steal company funds by making payments to a vendor that does not actually exist, or they may accept kickbacks from a vendor after agreeing to make payments for products or services that were not actually received.

These are just a few of the ways that employees may commit embezzlement. Whenever a person misuses a company’s resources for their own personal gain, they could face significant consequences. Embezzlement is a form of fraud, and depending on the amount stolen, a person may face misdemeanor or felony charges. A company may also pursue litigation against a person who committed embezzlement. Under Florida law, a plaintiff may recover up to three times the amount that was stolen through fraud or embezzlement, as well as their attorney’s fees during the case.

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Orange County Employment Litigation Lawyers

There are a variety of situations where employers and employees may become involved in legal disputes. When employees believe that they have been treated unfairly or that an employer has taken actions that are illegal, they may pursue litigation to address these issues. By understanding the potential reasons that employees may take legal action, employers can take steps to prevent these issues or resolve any disputes that may arise. In some cases, employers may be able to resolve disputes with employees through mediation or by negotiating a settlement, while in others, litigation may be necessary, and an employer will need to address these matters in the courtroom before a judge or jury.

Issues That May Be Addressed in Employment Litigation

Disputes between employers and employees often involve issues such as:

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Miami Landlord Tenant Litigation LawyerBusinesses may encounter multiple types of legal disputes, and in some cases, litigation may be required to address these issues. In some cases, these disputes may be related to a commercial lease. A landlord may need to address concerns about the actions taken by a tenant, or a business that leases space may need to take legal action against a landlord to protect its interests. In these cases, landlords and tenants can work with an attorney who is experienced in real estate litigation to determine how to resolve lease-related disputes.

Common Commercial Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Landlords and tenants may need to address multiple concerns related to a commercial lease, including:

  • Maintenance and repairs - While the terms of a lease will usually specify who is responsible for paying maintenance costs or performing repairs to a property, disagreements may arise between landlords and tenants regarding what types of maintenance are covered by the lease’s terms, who is responsible for maintenance in common areas of a property, and the extent of repairs that may need to be made to a building’s interior or exterior.

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