Is your employer failing to pay you the wages you’ve earned? Were you terminated from your job for no good reason? Has your workers’ compensation claim been denied? Have you experienced discrimination or have you been harassed in the workplace because of race, sex, religion or a disability?
Then it’s time to talk to a labor and employment attorney. The law protects your right to a safe workplace and mandates employers fairly compensate hourly workers. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, you are entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay in certain circumstances and other benefits.
However, many employers may violate provisions of the law either because they do not know about them, or they believe their workers do not know about them. Others may turn a blind eye to workplace harassment or automatically deny workers’ compensation claims. That’s why you need an employment lawyer on your side.
An employment attorney can be a trusted ally when you’re facing a hostile workplace. The right attorney can negotiate for you to receive the pay, benefits or workers’ compensation you deserve. In the case of unlawful termination or workplace harassment, they may also be able to obtain a settlement to pay for damages such as lost income and pain and suffering.
Many employment lawyers offer free consultations in which they will provide a no-obligation evaluation of your case.
If you’re ready to take a stand, LegalDirect can connect you with a labor and employment lawyer in your area. You can take advantage of this free service by filling out the form on this page.
You deserve to have your rights protected.
It’s not only union workers who have protections against being unfairly terminated. Federal law protects at-will workers from being fired in certain circumstances as well.
Were you fired for any of the following reasons?
- Serving in the military or National Guard
- Taking time off to vote or serve on a jury
- Filing a whistleblower report about your employer’s illegal activities
In addition, your firing may have been illegal if it can be proven that it is related to discrimination or retaliation. In many cases, you also cannot be fired if you are pregnant or on medical leave.
Wrongful termination also occurs when an employer breaks a contract, either written or implied.
The laws regarding unfair termination can be complex, and that’s why many people choose to consult with a wrongful termination lawyer after being fired.
An unfair termination lawyer can review your case and advise you about which laws may pertain to your situation. A lawyer can also help you understand your next steps.
Does your boss owe you unpaid overtime? Does your employer insist you do things “off the clock?” Does your workplace say you’re not eligible for overtime pay even though you’re paid hourly?
Then you might want to speak with an unpaid overtime lawyer.
By law, unless you fall into an exempted category, you’re entitled to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours a week. Exempted workers include in those in highly-compensated positions and certain occupations such as sales or policing.
For everyone else, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay you one and a half times your regular rate of pay for every hour over 40 hours you work in a week. In addition, any bonuses you receive should be added to your regular rate for purposes of calculating your overtime pay.
In 2014, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor investigated 11,238 cases of overtime violations by employers. Workers were awarded $136 million in missing overtime.
Employers who violate the FLSA may not only be required to pay your missing overtime but also be ordered to cover your attorney fees.
Don’t stand by and do nothing if you think your employer is violating the law. If your boss owes you overtime pay, contact an unpaid overtime lawyer for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.
Work Related Injuries
Every day workers get injured on the job – injuries that may be serious, permanent, or even lead to death. OSHA estimates that 5,000 workers die each year from work-related injuries.
If you or a loved one is injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who is at fault. The law requires employers to buy insurance and to compensate employees in case of work-related injuries.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits usually cover your medical expenses and a percentage (usually one half to two thirds) of your wages while you are unable to work. In exchange for these guaranteed payments you will not be able to sue your employer. You may, however, still sue any third party who may have negligently contributed to, or caused, your injury.
- Merrill Lynch paid $160 million to 700 African-American brokers who claimed the company had denied them equal pay and promotions by giving lucrative accounts to white brokers.
- Bank of America paid $39 million to settle claims it discriminated against women advisors.
- The U.S. Postal Service paid $4.5 million to workers with hearing problems who alleged the agency didn’t provide the tools necessary for them to do their job.
Workplace discrimination can happen for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as a part of life. A workplace discrimination lawyer can help assess your situation, inform you of your legal rights and work to get you the compensation you deserve.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lists twelve different types of discrimination in the workplace. In most cases, you can’t be treated differently than other workers for any of the following reasons:
- National origin or accent
- Race or sex
- Pay or compensation
In addition, employers may not discriminate based upon pregnancy or genetic information. It is also illegal to allow harassment, retaliation or sexual harassment.
Have you been treated differently at your job for any of these reasons?
Then it’s time to talk to a workplace discrimination lawyer.
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