The workplace is meant to be a professional setting — it is reasonable to expect to be treated with respect and decency in the workplace. Sadly, this is not always the case.
One’s employer (and colleagues) may engage in a range of misconduct, from discrimination to sexual harassment, and more. This can put the victim in a difficult position, as they rely on their work to earn the income they need to survive. Misconduct that impacts their ability to earn cuts at the heart of that foundational issue.
Fortunately, the law ensures protection against many abuses and indiscretions encountered in the employment context, but employees have to pursue a lawsuit to secure the compensation they are guaranteed under the law.
Here at 1-800-THE-LAW2, we maintain a network of experienced labor lawyers who can provide a free consultation regarding your employment-related dispute. Call us today to connect to one of our employment lawyers.
Common Labor & Employment Issues
There are a number of different employment-related disputes, each of which involves unique legal principles and concerns. Skilled labor lawyers understand how to navigate a wide range of employment-related disputes, and use their broad legal experiences to develop persuasive, comprehensive arguments.
Employment-related disputes include (but are not limited to) the following:
Personal Injury In The workplace
Cases where the employee is injured on the job due to the employer’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. Depending on the circumstances, the employee may be entitled to receive worker’s compensation benefits or disability benefits. In some cases, the employee may have a right to sue their employer or a third party for additional damages.
Cases where the employee is discriminated against for their age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, disability, or some other protected classification. As a general rule, discrimination claims tend to be advantageous for the employee, as employers prefer to avoid the negative publicity associated with a serious discrimination case.
Cases where the worker receives unwanted sexual attention in the workplace. In the wake of the #metoo movement, sexual harassment claims are — thankfully — being taken more seriously than every before. Negative publicity associated with sexual harassment claims has also put employees in a strong position, making it more likely to secure an early, favorable settlement offer.
Cases where the employee is fired for some unjustified reason: whether discrimination, or refusing to perform an illegal or dangerous act, exercise union rights, take disability due to pregnancy, for example. Though employers are entitled to end employment for any cause in many circumstances, there are specific limitations on that right. Wrongful termination accounts for those limited scenarios.
Cases where there are conflicts between the employee and the employer over income that has not yet been paid out. Employees are entitled to sue and recover for their unpaid wages. Depending on the dynamics of the relationship (i.e., if the employer knew that they were wrongfully withholding wages), bonus punitive damages may also be available.
Cases where the employer takes negative, retaliatory action against the employee for simply exercising their legal rights. For example, an employer is prohibited by law from retaliating against an employee for formally submitting a discrimination complaint to state authorities. Retaliation cases can lead to significant damages, so they are worth pursuing where possible.
Absence Due To The Illness Of A Relative
Cases where the employee is denied the rights established in the Law on Leave for Medical and Family Reasons.
Pregnancy Disability Leave
Cases where disability payments are denied to an employee who is physically and/or psychologically incapacitated by her pregnancy. As a result of this difficult pregnancy, the employee is forced to miss work, disability benefits are critical during this vulnerable period. Denial can create significant problems.
Hiring An Employment Lawyer Is Important
It is good practice to hire an employment lawyer as soon as possible.
Consider the following:
- Labor lawyers can quickly obtain the result you are looking for. Employment laws can be complicated and confusing, and there are many laws that you may not be familiar with. A labor lawyer knows the labor laws, eliminating any assumptions and expediting your claim.
- Handle all aspects of the litigation process Employment attorneys will handle all aspects of the litigation process, from start-to-finish. This includes investigating the dispute, gathering and preserving supportive evidence, identifying witnesses, filing claims, beginning early negotiations, developing persuasive legal arguments, and taking the case to trial (if necessary).
- Serve as communication middlemen. It can be awkward (and quite a challenge) to negotiate with your employer or otherwise advocate on your own behalf. Your employment attorney will handle these communications, ensuring that your needs are expressed clearly and succinctly, and shielding you from the emotional fallout of these communications.
- Keeps you compliant with relevant procedural requirements, including deadlines. There are several applicable deadlines deadlines and requirements. For example, a discrimination lawsuit will have a statute of limitations deadline. If you do not file your claim before the deadline passes, then you will no longer have an actionable claim under the law.
- Labor law is complicated even in the context of standard legal representation. It is a bad idea to represent yourself in any serious lawsuit, and certainly not in the employment dispute context, where the applicable law tends to be complex, strict, and non-standard.
Connect To An Experienced Employment Lawyer Today
If you’ve been involved in an employment-related conflict, then you may be entitled to significant damages under the law. Unfortunately, many prospective plaintiffs don’t realize that they have an actionable claim, or otherwise delay or refrain from seeking representation. This is a lost opportunity — employers are often willing to negotiate a settlement to avoid the publicity of a lawsuit.
We’re here to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
At 1-800-THE-LAW2, we maintain a network of employment lawyers who have an excellent track record in litigation. Using this network, our agents will connect you to an attorney who will guide you through the litigation process after evaluating your case. Consultation is free and confidential, so don’t delay.
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