You hope it never happens. Your boss is making disparaging remarks about you and your job performance. Or you are being asked to lie about what is happening at the workplace. Or your boss is making inappropriate comments about your appearance. You want to keep your job, but the atmosphere has become toxic. Or maybe your boss is suggesting that it is time for you to leave? You believe you’ve done nothing wrong; yet you’re being set up to take the fall.
If this is the case, it’s probably time for you to seek out an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights under the law. Most employers have more experience and resources at their disposal than you will ever have. A worker who has not spoken with an attorney can be at a distinct disadvantage. Moreover, winning in court in a lawsuit against your employer is almost impossible without the help of an experienced employment attorney.
Federal and state employment laws set the standards by which employers and employees can work together. There are numerous laws that companies must abide by when dealing with workers. Specific laws spell out rules about the hiring process, discrimination in the workplace, privacy in the workplace, wages and benefits, overtime pay, workplace safety, and much more.
Most companies go to great lengths to abide by these laws, but those on the frontlines of enforcing company policies – such as managers and supervisors – may not be as familiar with or as aware as they need to be in ensuring that the laws are being followed.
Workplace laws and regulations frequently change, and if you or a loved one get caught up in an on-the-job dispute, you need help. For example, here are a few situations in which you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible:
- You believe you were treated unfairly in the workplace and that your termination or layoff may have been illegal.
- You cannot or do not want to negotiate with your employer over severance pay.
- You are feeling pressured to sign lengthy and confusing documents that you do not fully understand about your separation from the company.
- You believe many other employees would be interested in making similar claims against your employer.
- You are thinking about quitting due to what you believe is your employer’s illegal conduct.
Typically, an attorney will know what information you need to win your case, how to get the information, how to document the employer’s wrongdoing and now to protect all your rights under the law.