WAGE AND HOURS
If you are not paid the correct wage for the hours you have worked, are denied a paycheck, or do not receive the benefits you have been promised by your employer such as paid vacation or sick time, you have the right to take legal action against your employer by filing a claim with the United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.
Like other types of legal claims, you will need both a solid body of evidence and legal guidance from an experienced attorney. Proving that you have not been fairly compensated can be difficult and will require an extensive investigation of your claim.
Make this process easier by working with an experienced employment attorney right away.
If you have been terminated from your position for an illegal reason, you have the right to take action against your former employer. Illegal reasons for termination include, but are not limited to, your history of union involvement, your race, your sex, your sexual orientation, your pregnancy or recent childbirth, your religion, or as a punishment for filing a claim against the company. In cases where the termination is done as a punishment for an undesirable behavior, such as filing a discrimination claim, it is considered to be retaliation. In the United States, employees are protected against retaliation from their employers. If you have been wrongfully terminated from your position, you need to work with an experienced employment attorney who can support your claim.
As an American worker, you are protected from a wide range of discriminatory actions in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on the following characteristics:
- Veteran Status
- National Origin
- Pregnancy or Parenthood
Discrimination comes in many forms. Some examples of workplace discrimination include failure to hire, failure to promote, termination, differences in pay, job duities, or disciplinary action based on one of the characteristics mentioned above, and harrassment. An individual who faces discrimination in his or her workplace may file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC). Contact an experienced employment attorney to determine your eligibility to file such a claim if you have been a victim of workplace discrimination.
Sexual harassment comes in two forms: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. With quid pro quo sexual harassment, a victim faces pressure form a superior to engage in sexual activity with him or her in exchange for favorable treatment in the workplace. This favorable treatment can include a raise, a bonus, a flexible schedule, or other perks as a reward for compliance with the supervisor's sexual requests. In a hostile work environment situation, the victim faces constant mockery, ridicule, embarrassment, and unwanted attention based on his or her sex, gender identity, relationship status, sexual orientation, sexual history, or sexual preferences. Both types of sexual harassment are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, work with an experienced employment attorney to take action against your employer and rectify the situation.