The trial resulted in a verdict for the employer that found there was no age discrimination.

PENSACOLA, FL, February 28, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon (ESC) attorneys, Erick Drlicka and Jennifer Shoaf Richardson, represented a large national aerospace manufacturer in a four-day jury trial in Crestview, Florida.

The trial resulted in a verdict for the employer that found there was no age discrimination.

At trial, the plaintiff argued he was selected for a reduction in force as a result of his age, whereas the employer argued that non-discriminatory skills-based criteria were used to select individuals for inclusion in a reduction in force that was a result of overstaffing. Following the trial, the jury deliberated for approximately one hour and found that the plaintiff did not lose his job due to age discrimination.

Drlicka and Richardson routinely assist employers in responding to charges of discrimination, defending lawsuits from former employees, and bringing lawsuits for enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Erick Drlicka is double board-certified by The Florida Bar in the areas of Civil Trial and Labor and Employment law. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and receives a continual Martindale-Hubble AV Rating from his peers. Voted in the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers, Erick is equipped with the knowledge and experience to serve employers along the Gulf Coast.

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson is an experienced litigator who routinely represents employers before state and federal agencies, state and federal trial courts, and courts of appeal. She litigates all varieties of employment law matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Workers’ Compensation retaliation, disability, whistleblower, the Equal Pay Act, wage and hour, and noncompetition agreements. She frequently speaks on issues related to gender equality, pay equity, parental leave, sexual harassment, and the promotion and retention of women leaders. She is available to advise clients and provide training on meaningful diversity initiatives within their businesses.

Experienced, effective, and evolving since 1913, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is a full-service law firm dedicated to protecting the interests of individuals and businesses. For more information, visit or call 850.433.6581.

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