All Employees Have Basic Rights In The Workplace
Employment law covers the relationships between employers and their current, prospective and former employees. Both federal and state laws control various aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including each side’s rights and obligations. Because of the complexity of the employment relationship, this area of law involves issues as diverse as discrimination, record keeping, taxation, workplace safety and more.
It is important for both employers and employees to be aware of their legal rights and the duties they owe to each other. A single misunderstanding can lead to serious litigation that can be time-consuming for employees and costly for employers.
Your choice of attorney to represent your interests during an employment dispute could mean the difference between successful negotiations or expensive, ongoing litigation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an attorney from The Grubb Law Group and let us provide a clear explanation of your legal rights and options.
Were Your Employee Rights Violated?
There are also different types of employment relationships. Employment relationships can be based on a contract, or they can be “at-will.” If the employment relationship is based on a valid contract entered into by the employer and the employee, the terms of that contract will govern the relationship. By contrast, an at-will employment arrangement can be terminated at any time, with or without reason, by either the employer (as long as the reason does not constitute illegal discrimination) or the employee.
With all these factors to consider, it is clear why employment law is such a complex area. If you have an employment law concern, contact an employment lawyer at The Grubb Law Group in Charleston, West Virginia, who can provide advice and representation in a range of workplace-related matters, including but not limited to:
- Discrimination in the workplace — Discrimination based on age, sex, disability, nationality, religion, origin and pregnancy.
- Title IX violations — Including claims of discrimination, denial of benefits claims or other violations of the federal amendment.
- Sexual harassment — Including unwanted comments, touching, jokes or other actions of a sexual nature directed at a male or female employee.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations — Where an employer refuses to honor the federal law and allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave, or retaliates against an employee for taking medical leave.
- Wage and hour disputes — Including violations of state and federal laws concerning minimum wage, overtime, paid time off and sick leave, and instances involving wage and hour theft.
- Contract violations concerning independent contractors.
- Retaliation or firing after filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Employment law violations concerning union workers.
- Privacy violations in the workplace.
- Discrimination during the hiring process.
- Wrongful termination — Including cases involving retaliation and hostile working environments.
Speak With A Skilled Lawyer Today
Whether an employer accidentally violates its employee’s rights or purposefully takes advantage of them, a violation of the law has occurred that must be corrected. If you believe your rights were violated in the workplace, you may seek compensation through civil action. You don’t have to go through the process alone. The Grubb Law Group, in Charleston, West Virginia, is here to help.