The relationship between a worker and their employer can be a wonderful arrangement. It can also be fraught with unfair treatment that needs the attention of an employment lawyer. While many employers are just as upstanding and hard working as their workers, there are some that are so focused on the bottom line that they infringe on the rights of their employees.
Some of the issues that such lawyers can help with include:
Sexual Discrimination: It is illegal to be discriminated against in the employment arena due to gender.
Age Discrimination: An adult person’s age cannot be used to determine wages or job availability. If a person can do the work, it doesn’t legally matter how old they are. This, of course, is not true for minors. Minors under the age of eighteen years of age may only work under specified conditions and hours.
Sexual Harassment: A person may not be harassed sexually during the course of their employment. This covers a broad spectrum including intimidation, insults or derogatory language.
Pregnancy Discrimination: Each employer must adhere to legal guidelines in regards to pregnant employees. Pregnancy is never a reason to engage in discriminatory practices.
Wrongful Termination: A proper course of action must be adhered to in the termination of an employee. Wrongful termination is a cause for legal intervention.
Problems Related to Severance Packages: Issues do arise regarding severance packages. Issues may include what is rightfully owed to the employee and how the package will be distributed.
Disability Discrimination: A person can not be discriminated against because of disability limitations. Legal intervention is necessary if this type of discrimination should occur.
Race Discrimination: A person’s race has no bearing on their ability to carry out their job. Using race as a deciding factor in job selection or wages is illegal.
Problems with Contract Negotiations: Employment lawyers can help with individual contract issues as well as broad scale company or union negotiations.
Problems Related to Family Leave Issues: A certain amount of family leave is a person’s right. If problems occur, legal guidance may become necessary.
If legal issues come up within a workplace environment, it is important to have an attorney step in. Workers, like all citizens, have rights to be treated fairly and without harassment or harmful discrimination. They also have the right to work in a safe environment. If an employee finds that this is not the case where they work, they should consult with an employment lawyer as soon as possible.