By Jan Bergemann

Published October 28, 2016




When I saw the lawsuit I had to read it twice, because I didn’t believe my eyes the first time.

Just read the lawsuit (DOUBLE-CLICK HERE) – and start wondering what is wrong with this picture.
I have never in my life seen anybody suing his/her employer for a pay-raise. I doubt somebody held a gun to their head forcing them to accept the job for the pay offered. And normal people look for a different job if they are unhappy with their pay – and the employer refuses to agree to a pay-raise. But suing the employer?
Not only have some of these plaintiffs a horrible reputation for working slower than a turtle, some communities are still suffering from their outrageous rulings. Especially LESLIE ANDERSON-ADAMS, while working for the Department of Community Affairs, made revitalization rulings that contradicted the Florida statutes – and these communities are still suffering from her nonsense.
I have, over the years, asked many times to increase the salaries of the arbitrators – in all honesty their pay is lousy for a certified attorney, but I had asked for it in order to attract more talent to the Division, not for the purpose of rewarding the existing employees.
My advice for people unhappy with their salary: Don’t sue your employer, because you are burning bridges and no future employer wants to hire somebody who had sued the former employer for a pay-raise.
On the other hand, it shows to me that this lawsuit is an act of desperation, because I seriously doubt that any decent law firm would hire these folks for a better salary, considering their reputation in Florida’s community association world.
But after reading this lawsuit I definitely asked myself: What is wrong with the attitude of such people?

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


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We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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