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Are you a financial advisor with an employment dispute with your former employer? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help.
The White Law Group has experience with all types of securities employment disputes. Typical types of securities employment disputes include, but are not limited to:
1. Wrongful termination – Although most financial advisor’s are at-will employees that can be terminated for any or no reason, if the stated reason for the termination given by the brokerage firm is inaccurate, this may raise a claim for wrongful termination.
2. Promissory note litigation – Most brokerage firms use Promissory Notes as a recruiting tool. However, if an advisor leaves before the terms of the Note are fulfilled, brokerage firms often sue the advisor for collection of the outstanding balance owed on the Note.
3. Defamation – Defamation is any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation. In the securities arbitration context, such defamation includes an inaccurate mark on an advisor’s U-4/U-5.
4. Retaliation /whistleblower claims – If a broker-dealer terminates an employee for reporting a compliance violation or some other unlawful or unethical activity (or stopping this employee from doing so), this can be grounds for a retaliation or whistleblower claim against the firm.
5. Solicitation / raiding claims – Such claims generally involve the recruitment of brokers from one firm to another and usually includes the firm losing the advisors to sue the acquiring firm. Often times the advisors are caught in the middle and they may even need separate representation (apart from the attorneys hired by their new firm) to ensure that their interests are protected.
6. Tortuous interference with a business relationship – If a former employer is interfering with your ability to make a living or to work with a particular client, you may have a claim for tortuous interference with a business relationship.
7. Discrimination – Discrimination can include age discrimination, gender discrimination, and racial discrimination. Discrimination based on age, gender, or race is prohibited by Federal Statute and is certainly actionable. Such claims often include a separate charge made with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prior to bringing a FINRA arbitration claim.
Securities employment disputes are governed by the FINRA Code or Arbitration for Industry Disputes.
FINRA Rule 13200 states that except as otherwise provided in the Code, a dispute must be arbitrated under the Code if the dispute arises out of the business activities of a member or an associated person and is between or among: Members (i.e. broker-dealers); Members and Associated Persons (i.e. financial advisors); or Associated Persons.
As such, if you are a financial advisor with an employment dispute involving your former employer, it is likely that the case will need to be arbitrated through FINRA’s Dispute Resolution.
One exception is if the matter involves discrimination claims, including sexual harassment. FINRA Rule 13201 states that a claim alleging employment discrimination, including sexual harassment, in violation of a statute, is not required to be arbitrated under the Code. Such a claim may be arbitrated only if the parties have agreed to arbitrate it, either before or after the dispute arose.
FINRA arbitrations usually take between 12-15 months from the date of filing and depositions are strongly discouraged, making the process generally faster and less expensive than litigation filed in Court.
Since securities employment disputes are usually handled through FINRA arbitration, it is important to hire an experienced FINRA securities employment attorney who is familiar with the nuances of FINRA arbitration (versus Court litigation).
The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities regulation, and securities compliance law firm. The firm has offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in securities employment disputes, including previous experience representing some of the world’s largest broker-dealers.
If you believe you have a question about a securities employment matter, please contact a securities employment lawyer with The White Law Group by contacting the firm’s Vero Beach office at 772-242-9330..
For more information on The White Law Group, please visit the firm’s website at http://www.wlgattorneys.com.
Are you in need of an experienced debt collection attorney in Vero Beach, Florida to help you collect outstanding debts owed to you or your business?
If you run a business, you have no doubt experienced the frustration of having someone fail to pay a debt owed. These debts can vary in size, but in every instance, it is a cumbersome process attempting to collect these debts and can bog down business taking you away from more profitable and pressing tasks. What you need is a law firm, like The White Law Group, experienced in debt collection to assist you.
The White Law Group is available to assist in the debt collection process in Illinois. Whether you are located in Illinois, out of state, or out of the country, our firm can handle your collections from debtors in the State of Illinois.
The process generally works like this:
1. Sign an agreement with the firm
2. Send a demand letter pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requesting prompt payment of the outstanding debt
3. If no response to the demand letter, file suit in the applicable jurisdiction.
The White Law Group has experience representing small and large businesses in collecting unpaid debts and generally handles such matters on a contingency fee basis. Our working on contingency means that the firm does not get paid unless your business collects on the debts owed.
The firm’s attorneys have helped numerous companies recover unpaid debts and can assist your business throughout the debt collection process here in Vero Beach and throughout the Treasure Coast.
To speak to an experience debt collection attorney please call our Vero Beach office at 772-242-9330.
For more information about The White Law Group, please visit our website at wlgattorneys.com.