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What Kind Of Lawyer Do I Need for Work Issues?

If you are having work issues, you may need to consult a lawyer for assistance.  But which kind of lawyer do you need?  Lawyers focus on many different areas of law in their practices.  Some lawyers practice several different areas of law at the same time.  It can be difficult to determine who you should speak to.  For many work issues, such as discrimination or harassment, you should speak to an employment lawyer.

What Is an Employment Lawyer?

An employment lawyer handles cases involving employment and labor laws.  Some employment lawyers represent employees, some represent businesses, and some represent both.  Phillips & Associates only represents employees.

An employment lawyer who represents employees, focuses on advocating for employee rights in the workplace.  There are many different laws that protect employees from the unfair or discriminatory actions of employers, supervisors, and coworkers.  For example, employment lawyers may handle cases involving:

  • Discrimination because of race, national origin, sex or gender, religion, criminal conviction, pregnancy, and more
  • Sexual harassment
  • Retaliation and/or wrongful termination for complaining of discrimination
  • Minimum wage violations & overtime pay violations
  • EEOC charges of discrimination
  • Arbitration cases
  • Negotiation of severance agreements

Employment law cases tend to involve overlapping city, state and federal laws, and sometimes, several different legal claims. 

Which Kinds of Work Issues Are Illegal?

Unfortunately, employers may take a variety of actions that violate employment laws.  One major work issue that employees may experience is being treated differently because they fall into a protected class.  These protected classes include race, national origin, sex or gender, religion, criminal conviction, pregnancy, and more.  If you are treated differently because you belong to one of these groups, you may be experiencing discrimination that violates employment laws.

Another issue that employees unfortunately experience is sexual harassment at work.  For example, an employee might be the target of offensive sexual comments or unwelcome advances by a supervisor or coworker.  Or a supervisor might ask for sexual favors from an employee in exchange for favorable treatment, such as getting a promotion or not being laid off.

Employees who deal with discrimination and harassment, or who observe it in their workplaces, also may deal with retaliation or wrongful termination.  Retaliation and wrongful termination of employees who engaged in protected activities, such as complaining about harassment or assisting with a workplace investigation of discrimination, violates the law.  In addition, employees also may face other types of legal violations such as improper withholding of overtime pay or failure to pay minimum wage.

Finding an Employment Lawyer

Remember, employment lawyers are the right kind of lawyer to handle your work issues should they rise to the level of violations of the law.  You’ll want a lawyer who deeply understands the many overlapping employment laws that could apply to your situation.  (Keep in mind that if you were injured at work, you may need to speak to a workers’ compensation lawyer as well.)  Many companies hire large law firms with many years of experience to represent them in employment cases.  Employees can’t risk being outmatched because they are overwhelmed by big firm legal tactics.  Protecting your legal rights as an employee is too important.

At Phillips & Associates- We Level the Playing Field

Employees were, and for the most part still are, at a big disadvantage in the workplace.  There is a dramatic power imbalance between employees and the companies for which they work.  This power balance can intensify after experiencing sexual harassment or discrimination.  The company/employer often hires a large law firm to represent it, while the employee may have just lost their job, have very little money, and have no one to help them understand their rights.  At Phillips & Associates, we have the experience, staffing, and financial backing to keep the playing field level.  People need to take a close look at the lawyer or law firm they want to hire and determine if that lawyer or firm has the funds, experience and the resources to properly litigate their case.

Phillips & Associates, one of the largest plaintiffs’ only employment law firms in the North East. Rely on the skilled New Jersey sexual harassment attorneys at Phillips & Associates to provide you with the sage advice and effective advocacy you deserve at every step in the process. Contact them online or at (609) 436-9087 today to set up a free and confidential consultation.

 


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