Top 5 Signs You Need to Talk to an Employment Attorney
If you believe you are being treated unfairly at work, you may wish to speak with an attorney. Employment law professionals can provide invaluable advice to those who have problems in the workplace. An attorney can protect you from financial loss which occurs if your boss violates your rights and your attorney can help to ensure your job conditions are safe and not a risk to your physical or mental health.
The Conshohocken, PA employment attorneys at Curley & Rothman, LLC provide legal representation to employees in many different situations when there are problems in the workplace. Give us a call if you believe there are issues with your job and if you want help from a dedicated legal advocate committed to protecting your legal rights.
Top 5 Signs You Need an Attorney Employment
The employer and employee relationship should be a rewarding one, but it is also fraught with potential problems. There are many different regulations designed to ensure that employees are treated fairly. You can make complaints to various government agencies and/or pursue a civil claim to recover damages if your employer violates any of these regulations.
Knowing when you have a legal claim can be complicated, so it is a good idea to speak with an attorney if you suspect something wrong. While it can be hard to tell whether you have a potential case or not, you should consider consulting with a lawyer if you experience any of these five red flags in the workplace:
- Your co-workers are creating a hostile work environment and making you uncomfortable on the job due to your race, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, or age. The creation of a hostile work environment on the basis of protected status is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as other federal and state anti-discrimination laws. Your employer can be held accountable for not correcting the conditions creating a hostile environment, but there are certain steps you need to take.
- Your boss or anyone in a position of authority has made unwanted sexual advances and/or has suggested you could get ahead in the workplace if you engage in sexual behaviors. When you are victimized by this type of quid pro quo sexual harassment, you can pursue a claim and recover payment for any wages or money you lost out on, as well as additional damages for emotional distress and penalties imposed upon the employer.
- You are being prevented from advancement, promotion, or workplace benefits because of your race, religion, gender, disability status, or age. Taking protected status into account when making decisions about any of the terms and conditions of employment is a violation of federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
- You are subject to workplace testing which determines promotion or advancement opportunities and which disqualify more people of a particular gender, race, religion, age, or disability status. If there is a workplace test that disqualifies more people of a certain protected status, this can be considered disparate impact discrimination. Your employer could be liable for violating federal civil rights laws for disparate impact discrimination, unless your employer can prove that the test has a bona fide relationship to job performance.
- You are not being paid for all of the work you perform or are not being paid overtime despite not being exempt and working more than 40 hours per week. Workers are entitled to be clocked and in paid for all time on the job, and to be paid time-and-a-half for overtime. The Department of Labor provides more information on wage and hour claims by employees who are victims of wage theft.
In these and many other situations, getting legal help can be important because you could be losing out on money and important workplace opportunities.
An employment law attorney can assist you in exploring options for holding your employer accountable for violating the law and can help you to pursue a damage claim so you can get the money you've lost due to workplace violations.
How a Conshohocken Attorney Employment Can Help You
The Conshohocken, PA employment attorneys at Curley & Rothman, LLC have helped many clients to protect their rights as employees. We can help you to determine if you have a claim and can assist you in exploring your options for pursuing legal action against an employer.
Give us a call at 610-834-8819 or contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about how we can help with your case. You can also download this Free guide to Wages, Overtime and Severance in Pennsylvania to learn more about your rights.