Matthew S. Perez

Matthew Perez practices in the area of labor and employment. His practice involves representing employers in all aspects of litigation and administrative proceedings, including claims and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, family and medical leave, union-management relations, and wages and hour disputes. He has litigated claims brought against employers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the analogous state statutes. He has defended employers in various industries, including financial services, health care, transportation, construction, retail, hospitality and energy.

Mr. Perez also counsels and assists employers regarding compliance with labor and employment laws, including the preparation and review of employment contracts, policies, severance agreements, and employee handbooks and policies.  He also litigates breaches of employment contracts, alleged breaches of compensation and discretionary compensation agreements, and enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.


  • Representation of numerous employers in defense of charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and other state and local enforcement agencies.

  • Representation of multiple clients in single-plaintiff EEO lawsuits in federal courts in Florida and other states.

  • Representation of a package delivery company in defense of claims of disability discrimination, worker's compensation retaliation, and interference of leave under the FMLA.

  • Representation of a national tax preparation services company in race, sex, age, and national origin discrimination cases in Alabama, Texas, Florida, and other jurisdictions throughout the United States.

  • Representation of a national clinical laboratory in defense of race and sex discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment claims under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

  • Representation of financial services firm in actions enforcing non-competition agreements and protecting trade secrets.

  • Representation of a national rental car company in collective action wage and hour litigation in California.



Memberships & Affiliations

The Florida Bar
Hillsborough County Bar Association - Labor & Employment Section
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Representative