Employment Law

The Firm has represented numerous individuals who have been affected by discriminatory employment practices. We have made claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and Title VII for such things as race and gender discrimination. The Firm has fought for our clients against small, locally-owned businesses and against large businesses with locations across the globe.

If an employer has done anything to compromise the employment laws set forth by both State and Federal Government you, as an employee, are entitled to defend your civil rights. Employment law clearly states that any form of employment discrimination is illegal. These laws demand that employers treat their employees with fairness, respect and in a manner that is not offensive. The essential consideration is why. Why were you fired or not hired? Why were you treated differently than other employees? Was it because of your age, race, disability, ethnicity or gender? What matters is the motive.

If the category of the discrimination is not spelled out in a statute, the employee is not protected from that form of job discrimination. Therefore, if the boss does not like you, but you do not know why, or the category is not protected by law, he can fire you or not hire you for that reason.

Employment law defines areas of discrimination as follows:

Sexual Harassment - unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and differential treatment because of your gender constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

Wrongful Termination - firing an employee due to race, age, gender, or another illegal reason is considered wrongful termination.

Retaliation - taking action against an employee for asserting his or her right to be free from discrimination or for assisting another employee who has been discriminated against.

Discrimination - treating one or more employees less favorably than other employees, demoting, or refusing to hire an individual because of their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, actual age, or disability.

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