Reasons to Hire a Labor Attorney
Workers comprise the majority of this country’s citizens. In the past this fact did not prevent harassment, discrimination, and other forms of workplace abuse. Today the government has laws in place to protect workers’ rights. Unfortunately employers sometimes ignore laws that prevent them from discriminating against applicants or existing employees based on age, race, religious affiliation, or gender. Those that believe they are being wrongly discriminated against should contact a labor attorney to find out more about workers’ rights and what legal options are available to them.
Discrimination suits are only one important element comprising the general field of labor law. Issues such as unpaid wages or overtime and wrongful termination can also be pursued with the help of a lawyer, although most employers settle out of court. Common examples of unpaid wages include wrongfully docking a workers’ pay, failing to pay overtime rates when more than 40 hours have been worked in a week, and withholding a workers’ final paycheck. When a worker agrees to perform a job, it is with the assumption that he or she will be paid what she is due. Don’t let employers get away with failing to pay adequate wages.
One reason for illegally withheld wages or wrongful termination is whistle-blowing. Workers who are considered whistle-blowers are entitled to additional legal protections. Whistle-blowers are defined as employees who are attempting to expose the wrongdoing of their employer or the company they work for. It may be in the form of reporting unlawful activities to authorities, or simply refusing to participate in them. Either way if whistle-blowing results in wrongful termination or lost wages it is absolutely cause for filing suit.
Another unfortunately common issue dealt with by attorneys practicing labor law is sexual harassment. It’s important to report any experience with sexual harassment in the workplace whether the perpetrator is a co-worker or an employer. Each year many incidents of sexual harassment go unreported, giving the impression that these claims are not serious or do not need to be addressed. This is untrue. The scope of sexual harassment suits includes more than just unwanted advances. Everything from inappropriate touching to sexually charged language and unwelcome suggestive gestures can be considered sexual harassment. No one deserves to be made uncomfortable in the workplace due to harassment.