Tamra C. Givens
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Many workers are surprised to learn that federal law does not require employers to provide meal breaks. Although not required under federal law, the law
Tamra C. Givens represents employees in complex litigation with a focus on claims for unpaid wages, retaliation, employment discrimination and civil rights. Her experience includes litigating class and collective actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws.
“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
During her career, Tamra has assisted clients in recovering tens of millions of dollars in damages resulting from illegal acts of employers. Tamra has represented thousands of employees in the restaurant industry who were not paid minimum wages due to tip credit violations. In addition, she has fought for employees in retail and service industries wrongfully claimed to be exempt from overtime compensation, workers improperly classified as independent contractors, and employees entitled to recover unpaid commissions. Tamra has also litigated consumer class actions brought under federal consumer protection statutes.
Tamra formerly served as a law clerk to the Honorable James D. Whittemore, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Tamra has lectured on wage and hour law, including tip pooling litigation and compliance. She is a contributing author of the treatise Wage and Hour Law: A State by State Survey (Third Edition).
Tamra earned her law degree from the University of Florida, cum laude, in 2003. She graduated, with honors, from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While in law school, Tamra was a member of the Florida Law Review and published her case comment titled “Constitutional Law: Narrowing the Scope of the Fourth Amendment,” 54 Fla. L. Rev. 567 (2002). She also completed an internship with Justice Harry Lee Anstead, former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
Tamra is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida as well as federal district courts for the Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, District of Colorado and Eastern District of Michigan. She is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.