Adrian L. Barton of Barton Law has more than 21 years of experience in representing individual, government, and business clients in a variety of transactional and complex civil litigation matters. Her current areas of focus include Business Litigation and Employment Law. Her vast knowledge and diverse background have allowed her to successfully represent clients in shareholder disputes, employment discrimination, breach of contract (business and employment), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act issues.
Employment law is the broad body of law that governs the employer-employee relationships, including protection from discrimination; wages, hours, and health and safety rules and regulations; and individual employment contracts. Ms. Barton has years of experience in dealing with cases involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs hours, wages and safe work environments; at-will employment, and employment agreements.
Federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination, which is defined as any workplace action, including hiring, promoting, demoting, and firing, and is based on a prejudice of any kind resulting in the unfair treatment of an individual employee or a group of employees.
Originally drafted in 1932, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is intended to protect workers against certain unfair practices or work regulations. The FLSA is one of the most important federal labor laws for employers to understand because it sets out a wide array of regulations for dealing with employees.
At Will is a U.S. labor law term used for contractual relationships in which an employee can be terminated by an employer for any reason, without just cause, and without warning. And, unless stated in an employee handbook, the employee is equally free to quit at will, cease to work, or strike. Ms. Barton and her colleagues have co-authored a resource guide for employers with the goal of helping them develop effective policies that promote fairness in the workplace, and comply with Arizona state law.
Known as an employment contract, this agreement is a covenant established between an employee and an employer normally covering all relevant aspects of the terms of employment, including the date of hire, general responsibilities, and commitments of both parties. These contracts may include, but are not limited to, non-disclosure agreements confidentiality agreements, and non-compete agreements.
Generally speaking, a breach of contract winds up in court because someone believes the other party did not meet the terms of the contract. In a perfect world, those terms would be spelled out specifically in writing. However, some contracts are verbal … maybe a few spoken words and a handshake. While the courts uphold verbal contracts, we often get into a sticky “he said/she said” situation that is not easily resolved.
These “breaches of contract” may include being late without an excuse, substituting inferior or significantly different goods, failing to deliver all of the goods, not providing a bond when required, not completing a job, or not paying in full or on time. Ms. Barton has represented clients on both sides in breach of contract cases.
Doctors and other medical practitioners have two important numbers that allow them to do business. The Drug Enforcement Administration provides a DEA number so they can write prescriptions. The second vital number is issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and it is used by payers such as health insurance companies to pay bills.
Certainly, these two critical numbers have been abused by unscrupulous individuals to conduct illegal activities such as prescription fraud by writing unauthorized drug prescriptions, and/or being paid for services that were never rendered. We at Barton Law are especially interested in offering physicians and other medical practitioners our services to help protect them against theft and identity fraud.
Barton Law’s knowledge and understanding of the federal tracking system will ensure an accurate and up-to-date record of how those ID numbers are used and by whom.
The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is a complex piece of legislation that attempts to reform the healthcare system by providing more Americans with affordable, quality health insurance and by trying to help curb the growth of healthcare spending in the U.S. Ms. Barton has spent countless hours studying the complexities of the law and has a clear understanding of employer responsibilities, as well as penalties for non-compliance.
Civil litigation is when monetary damages or specific performance sanctions are sought during a legal dispute between two or more parties rather than criminal charges.
Lawyers who practice civil litigation represent parties in trials, hearings, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, foreign tribunals and federal, state and local courts. In civil litigation, there are several types of civil lawsuits and situations that may warrant representation. Because each type of case is different, call Barton Law at 602.753.9147.