Protecting Your Rights While You’re on the Job
An experienced employment law attorney can help you through the many challenges of filing an employment law claim. Some of the most common examples of lawsuits against employers include:
If you signed a contract agreeing to specific actions in exchange for a certain amount of compensation, you are entitled to collect on those terms. An employer who violates those terms either by making you do something, not in your contract or failure to pay you by the terms of the contract has committed a contract violation.
Dangerous Work Environment
If an employer expects you to work in a potentially dangerous area such as a construction site or metal foundry, then as an employee, you must be provided with safety equipment and the job site must be made as safe as reasonably possible. If you were not given proper protective equipment or a hazard was allowed to remain unchecked at a site, your employer has violated your right to a safe workplace.
Denial of Leave
If you have the right to ask for leave and there is no reason to deny that, then you should be able to request leave, especially if it is related to an injury or sudden emergency. If your employer denies your requests for leave unreasonably, you may have a denial of leave claim.
Discrimination comes in many forms, whether based on age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, no employer may discriminate against you. If you feel that you were denied an opportunity because of discrimination, you should immediately contact an attorney to rectify the situation.
If you come forward to report misconduct or some illegal or harmful act committed by another employee, your employer cannot legally punish you for speaking up. If you spoke out and are now having your salary cut, hours reduced, or if you have been suspended or fired, this may qualify as employer retaliation.
Refusal to Provide Accommodations
If an employer will not provide you with a reasonable accommodation due to a temporary or permanent disability, they are committing a specific form of discrimination outlawed by the Americans With Disabilities Act. As an employee, you have the right to accommodations such as a desk that allows for a wheelchair to fit under it, or larger print for visual impairment. If you have been denied these accommodations, you may be able to file a lawsuit for refusal to provide accommodations.
Sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination and comes in two forms: hostile work environment or quid pro quo. Quid pro quo sexual harassment means that you were sexually accosted and either could not refuse for fear of being fired, or the harasser attached some kind of reward like a promotion or raise to the sexual activity.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment is not one specific act, but a series of inappropriate sexual behaviors which make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Both forms of sexual harassment may be difficult to report due to the power imbalance between you and the harasser, so it may be necessary to file suit to stop the behavior.
Wage and Hour Violations
As an employee, you have a right to be paid for every second that you work. Additionally, if you work past 40 hours, you have the right to be paid at the increased overtime rate unless state law explicitly forbids it. If an employer is refusing to pay you for time worked, or will not give you the proper overtime pay, they have committed a wage and hour violation and you can file a lawsuit to recover all the wages they withheld.
Wrongful termination contains any firing which is hinged on discrimination, retaliation, or any other inappropriate behaviors. If you were fired for reporting sexual harassment, that is wrongful termination. If you were fired for having Tourette's syndrome or a physical disability, this may also be a wrongful termination.
Helping You Seek Justice
It is nearly impossible to get justice against your employer on your own. Workplace employment laws are complex and vary wildly by state and even sometimes by county and city. On top of this, you will be going up against the full might of your employer and their company, who have a vested interest in making sure their reputation is protected. However, an experienced employment law attorney can not only even the playing field, they can get you the outcome you deserve.
An experienced employment law attorney can not only get you the compensation that you deserve, but they can also get the benefits you may have lost through wrongful termination, and in some cases, they may even be able to get your job back. With the right employment law attorney, you can undo the damage that your employer caused you. The best place to find the right attorney is at Attorney at Law.
At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms can find you the best attorney in your area who intimately knows the laws and courts that you are dealing with. Our partners understand what your job means to you and will do everything in their power to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for your life.